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By Robert Pérez Palou (http://www.robertperezpalou.com/) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Mother Teresa will be a Saint.

It has been brewing for months, and now it is confirmed that Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun from Kolkata, will be declared a Saint in 2016. Pope Francis has already issued a decree which attributed another miracle to Mother Teresa. She had already won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. The reason for this accolade was the work she did with the poor in the Kolkata slums.

Many observers expect this canonization to take place in September 2016. It is an appropriate date as she died in that period of the year and it is also her official feast day. 

The second miracle involves the inexplicable healing of a yet unnamed Brazilian who suffered from a number of brain tumors. The miracle occurred in 2008. Mother Teresa breathed her last breath in 1997. She was beatified (considered the preliminary move to make an individual as saint) in 2003. The Vatican announced that the authorization was given by the Holy Father to Congregation for Causes of Saints so that they can proclaim the decree which concerns the particular miracle that is attributed to the intercession of the blessed Mother Teresa.

The news of her impending sainthood has been greeted with joy by her organization, the Missionaries of Charity. It was founded by Mother Teresa in 1950. A spokeswoman, Sister Christie, told the media that they are delighted by such news. However, they have no plans to celebrate the event as of now.

Mother Teresa's name at the time of her birth was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She was born on August 26, 1910 in the Macedonian city of Skopje. Agnes was the youngest among three children, and attended the activities conducted by Sodality, a Jesuit priest. This ultimately pushed her to make her life's service as missionary nun.

Mother Teresa joined Sisters of Loretto when she was 17 years old. She was then sent to Kolkata where she became a teacher in a high school. She contracted tuberculosis and was sent to Darjeeling for rest. She felt that God ordered her to fulfill a certain set of demands like leaving the convent and living among poor.

Mother Teresa was granted the due permission to leave Sisters of Loretto from the Vatican. She subsequently left her position and started to work in Kolkata slums and teach poor children. She also treated the poor and sick in their homes. 

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