Report: Mother Teresa to be made a saint in 2016

Mother Teresa blesses a child in Singapore.
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As part of the pope's year of mercy, Mother Teresa will be canonized in Rome next September, an Italian newspaper reports.

Avvenire says Mother Teresa, who spent her life helping the poor and sick in Kolkata, India, will be elevated to sainthood on Sept. 4, 2016, in Rome. She died in 1997 at the age of 87, and was beatified by John Paul II in 2003, the first step towards sainthood. The canonization process generally requires at least two miracles, and in 2002, the Vatican credited Mother Teresa with healing a woman suffering from an abdominal tumor, Agence France-Presse reports. Avvenire says a panel of experts met this week and attributed a second miracle to Mother Teresa: the healing of a man in Brazil with multiple brain tumors.

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