MOTHER Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who achieved notoriety through her tireless contributions to charity and providing support for the needy, is to be declared a saint on September 4, Pope Francis has announced.
She founded a sisterhood that runs 19 homes and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with the poor in the slums of the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta). She died in 1997- aged 87- and was beatified in 2003, the first step to sainthood.
The Pope cleared the way for sainthood last year when he recognised a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa.
The miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian man with several brain tumours in 2008.
"The Holy Father has authorised the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to proclaim the decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of blessed Mother Teresa," the Vatican said last year.