Pope Francis has approved of the second miracle of Mother Teresa, thereby clearing the way for her sainthood.
On 15 December he received the final approval of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints meeting.
The canonisation is expected to be sometime later next year.
Speaking to Sky News, Thomas D’Souza, the Archbishop of Kolkata, a city which Mother Teresa made her home, said: “We are very happy and overjoyed with this news, the city of Kolkata has been waiting for this day. We thank God of the great gift he bestowed on us with Mother Teresa.”
According to a statement from the Vatican, the second miracle involved a Brazilian man with a viral brain infection that resulted in multiple abscesses with triventricular hydrocephalus.
In December 2008 the patient was in a coma and dying and various treatments had been ineffective.
The patient’s wife is said to have continuously sought the intercession of Mother Teresa for her husband
He was wheeled into the operating theatre for emergency surgery at 18:10 on 9 December 2008 .
At the same time, his wife went to her church and along with the pastor begged Mother Teresa for the cure of her dying husband.
At 18:40 the neurosurgeon returned to the operating room and found the patient inexplicably awake and without pain.
He asked the doctor: “What I am doing here?”
The next morning he was examined, fully awake and without any headache.
On 10 September this year, the medical commission voted unanimously that his cure was inexplicable in the light of current medical knowledge.
The man, now completely healed, resumed his work as a mechanical engineer without any particular limitation. Source
Is this latest canonisation to be welcomed? Mother Teresa was certainly keen to help the poor, and was enthusiastic about making the world a better place: to her credit, she spoke out clearly against abortion, even in the presence of politicians. The miracle recounted above seems pretty convincing. Is all of that enough for canonisation? Should we be celebrating?