Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 17 May |
Saint of the Day: St. Rasso of Grafrath

Report: Mother Teresa to be Canonized in 2016—UPDATED

Mother Teresa of Calcutta at a pro-life meeting on July 13, 1986 in Bonn, Germany

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 11/18/15

N.B.: The Vatican has not confirmed it, or announced it, but Fr. James Martin posted the news on social media a short time ago, citing an Italian news agency.

The Catholic Herald in the UK has this: 

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized on Sunday September 5 according to the news agency, Agi. Catholic News Service have reported that a panel of doctors have concluded that there is no natural medical explanation for the miracle attributed to Mother Teresa’s intercession. This means that her cause will now be examined by a panel of theologians before being assessed and voted upon again by a panel of cardinals with the final decision resting with the Pope. The Vatican has not yet confirmed the report. September 5 falls within the Year of Mercy and also marks the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death.

Read more.

I’d advise caution with these widely-circulating reports. The Herald story gives the distinct impression this is not a done deal and Pope Francis still needs to sign off on this.

Also, there’s nothing official as yet on the Vatican news site, the Press Office site, or the website for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. 

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: More details from theAP:

A Vatican official says it’s too soon to say if Mother Teresa will be made a saint during the 2016 Holy Year of Mercy. There’s been speculation the nun who worked with the destitute and dying in India would be made saint by Pope Francis in a ceremony during the Holy Year, which runs from Dec. 8 till Nov. 20, 2016. The Italian bishops conference daily Avvenire on Wednesday, citing Italian news agency AGI, called Sept. 4 a “probable” date. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi stressed that Francis still needs to approve a miracle attributed to Mother Teresa’s intercession before she can become a saint.

Photo: Wikipedia

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
ascension AND ASSUMPTION
Philip Kosloski
Ascension vs. assumption: What is the difference?
2
SAINT MATTHIAS
Philip Kosloski
Why Matthias was chosen to replace Judas as an apostle
3
BENOIT JOSEPH LABRE
Larry Peterson
Benedict XVI called him “one of the most unusual saintsR...
4
KNEELING
Philip Kosloski
How to pray the Divine Praises
5
Philip Kosloski
What was the message of Our Lady of Fatima?
6
I.Media for Aleteia
These 30 shrines will lead the Rosary Relay for end of the pandem...
7
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
See More