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Despite reports in the Italian press that Blessed Teresa of Kolkata's canonization has been set for Sept. 4, 2016, a Vatican spokesman says the date is only hypothetical and cannot be confirmed.
Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi issued a statement Tuesday in response to media reports that the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, who worked among the poorest of the poor, would be canonized before the end of the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy.
Although he already has said he will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra in Washington in September, Pope Francis formally approved a sentence by members of the Congregation for Saints' Causes recommending the move.
The sentence was presented to the pope during a meeting Tuesday with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, the Vatican announced the next day. During the same meeting, the pope signed decrees relating to the sainthood causes of another 12 men and women.
Brazilian Archbishop Dom Hélder Câmara was a Latin American bishop known for radically calling on the church to stand with the poor.
The canonization ceremony for Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, is likely to take place during the synod on the family in October.
The couple was beatified in 2008. They are believed to be the first parents of a saint to be beatified, highlighting the role parents play in their children's spiritual upbringing.
Pope Francis has formally declared that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated as a martyr for the Catholic faith. His beatification is expected soon.
A commission of theologians has reportedly declared that Oscar Romero died as a martyr for the faith, a pivotal step toward sainthood.
Listing all of the open causes for sainthood in the U.S. is an almost impossible task. There are dozens in all four stages of canonization.
Saints: An annual pilgrimage takes visitors to historical sites connected with the life of Fr. Augustus Tolton, the first African-American diocesan priest.