Mother Teresa to be made a saint on Sept. 4

Mother Teresa shaking hands with victims still suffering from the after-effects of the poison-gas disaster in Bhopal on Dec. 11, 1984 which killed more than 2,000 people. Thousands are still suffering from injuries sustained when the gas leaked from a Union Carbide manufacturing facility in Bhopal. (AP Photo)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4.

Pope Francis set the canonization date Tuesday, paving the way for the nun who cared for the poorest of the poor to become the centerpiece of his yearlong focus on the Catholic Church’s merciful side.

The announcement was expected after Francis in December approved a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa’s intercession — the final hurdle to make her a saint. The actual date falls on the eve of the 19th anniversary of her death.

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