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Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized in September 2016, according to multiple news reports.

The Vatican has not confirmed plans for the canonization. But the respected Vatican news agency I Media reported that Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, had conferred with Italian government officials about tentative plans for a ceremony on September 4, 2016.

In India, a spokesman for the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church told Reuters that the canonization would be held next September. The canonization of the beloved founder of the Missionaries of Charity, who devoted her life to the poor, would thus take place during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

When questioned about rumors of the planned canonization, Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, cautioned that no firm plans have been announced. He said that the September 4 date could be considered a “working hypothesis.”  www.catholicculture.org

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