VATICAN NOT CONFIRMING REPORTS OF MOTHER TERESA CANONIZATION
Based on a story by an Italian news agency, reports – not confirmed by the Vatican – have been circulating today that Blessed Mother Teresa will be canonized in September of the Jubilee Year.
The Associated Press writes, however, “A Vatican official says it’s too soon to say if Blessed 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 a 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. Lombardi said canonization ‘would be lovely’ and called the possibility she would be made a saint next year a ‘reasonable hypothesis, desire’ by admirers.”