Miracle Cure: Mother Teresa to become Saint next year

Mother Theresa

Earlier on November 18, the Italian agency AGI had reported that an official date had been set for Mother Teresa's canonization, and that the event would take place in September 2016.

Teresa, who was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, died on September 5, 1997.

In 2003, due to a healing miracle found soon after her death, Pope John Paul II beatified her. A second miracle healing is needed before she could be considered for sainthood.

With the decree, the Pope would survey the world's cardinals and set a date for a consistory of cardinals who live in or could come to Rome for the occasion.

Members of the Congregation for Saints' Causes still must review the physicians' report on the healing.

Despite rumors that a date has been set for Mother Teresa's canonization, the Holy See Press Office told CNA Wednesday that the cause for sainthood has not concluded, and no date has been officially set. However, that particular stricture seems to be a thing of the past, as Francis has canonized at least six saints for which there were fewer than two attribute miracles.

It has previously been reported that Pope Francis is interested in Canonising Mother Theresa during the 2016 Year of Mercy, and Italian press reports in May also gave a September 4 2016 date for the canonization.

According to Gerard O'Connell, the plan to canonize Teresa became official after the Vatican medical board recognized an "inexplicable cure" of a Brazilian person.