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Pope Francis authorises canonisation of Mother Teresa

Crowds await the arrival of Pope Francis for his Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis has authorised the canonisation of Blessed Mother Teresa, after the Vatican announced it has recognised a second miracle attributed to her.

A statement released by the Vatican said: “The Holy Father Francis received in private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

“At the hearing the Holy Father authorised the Congregation to promulgate the decree regarding: The miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, foundress of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity and the Missionaries of Charity; born August 26, 1910 and died September 5, 1997.”

The Archbishop of Kolkata said that Pope Francis has confirmed that the curing of a Brazilian man suffering from multiple brain tumours in 2008 can be attributed to the miraculous intercession of Mother Teresa.

According to the Catholic newspaper, Avvenire, Mother Teresa is expected to be canonised on September 4 as part of the Pope’s Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Archbishop of Kolkata Thomas D’Souza said: “I was informed by Rome that Pope Francis has recognised a second miracle to Mother Teresa.”

A panel of experts, convened three days ago by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, concluded that the healing attributed to Mother Teresa was miraculous.

Mother Teresaa was beatified by St John Paul II in 2003, in a ceremony attended by some 300,000 pilgrims.