The dates and venue of their sainthood ceremony are expected to be declared as well.
â€ŽAffectionately known as the “saint of the gutter” for her unconditional â€Žlove â€Žfor the poor, abandoned and marginalized, Mother Teresa earned several international honors, including â€Žthe â€ŽNobel Peace PrizeÂ in 1979. â€Ž
She was beatified in 2003 byÂ Pope John Paul IIÂ after being attributed to a first miracle, answering an Indian woman’s prayers to cure her brain tumor, according to the Vatican. One miracle is needed for beatification â€” described by theÂ Catholic ChurchÂ as recognition of a person’s entrance into heaven â€” while sainthood requires two.
Francis officially cleared Mother Teresa for sainthood on Dec. 17, 2015, recognizing her “miraculous healing” of a Brazilian man with multiple brain abscesses, the Vatican said.
Five years must pass from the time of the candidateâ€™s death before an examination can begin. The pope can dispense with this waiting period. A bishop is placed in charge of the initial examination of the candidateâ€™s life. Once deemed worthy by the Vatican, the candidate is called a â€œServant of God.â€
In 2003, Pope John Paul II put Mother Teresa on the fast track for possible sainthood by allowing the beautification process to begin just two years after her death.
Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiuâ€Ž of Albanian parents on â€ŽAugust 26, 1910, inÂ Skopje, in what â€Žis now â€ŽMacedonia, Teresa died inÂ Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, on September 5, â€Žâ€Ž1997.
She joined the Loreto order of nuns in 1928. In 1946, while traveling by train from Kolkata toÂ Darjeeling, was inspired to found theÂ Missionaries of CharityÂ order.Â The order was established four years later and has since opened more than 130 houses worldwide to provide comfort and care for the needy.
While her actions gained widespread admiration, Mother Teresa was not beloved by all and was criticized for the quality of care in her clinics and taking donations from Haitian dictatorÂ Jean-Claude DuvalierÂ and disgraced American financierÂ Charles Keating, according to the Associated Press.
By the time of her death, Mother Teresa’s India-based Missionaries of Charity supported 4,000 nuns and ran hundreds of orphanages, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and clinics around the world.
Francis, who has made outreach to the poor a priority for the Catholic Church, met Mother Teresa more than two decades ago while he was ArchbishopÂ Jorge Mario BergoglioÂ in Argentina. He is known for admiring her ministry as well as her fearlessness in speaking out on behalf of societyâ€™s outcasts.
â€œI would have been afraid to have had her as my superior, since she was so tough,â€ he once joked. (By Juan L. Mercado)