Pope Francis formally approved the sainthood of Albanian nun Mother Teresa and has set September 4 as the date of the canonization.
Working with the poor of Kolkata, this sainthood has come nineteen years after Mother Teresa’s death. Born in Skopje in 1910, Mother Teresa was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1962 and Nobel Peace prize in 1979. A symbol of hope for many, Mother Teresa was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003, marking her first step towards sainthood.
The ceremony is expected to take place in Rome followed by a thanksgiving ceremony held on a later date in Kolkata, the resting place of Mother Teresa.