" The canonisation
will take place in St Peter's Square on October 13, alongside four others.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and head of the Catholic Church in England, welcomed news of the canonisation
. Mr Nichols, who is also a former Archbishop of Birmingham, said: "This is a moment of great pride.
is granted during a ceremony where the Pope says a special Mass and reads out a person's life story before declaring them a saint.
PILGRIMS Tens of thousands gathered in St Peter's Square for canonisation
Picture: Angelo Carconi/EPA
In his message on the eve of the canonisation
ceremony to be done by Pope Fracis at Vatican City, Mukherjee said Mother Teresa was an embodiment of compassion.
"She bowed down before those who were spent, left to die on the side of the road, seeing in them their God-given dignity," the pope said at the canonisation
ceremony for the nun, who died in 1997, aged 87, and was put on an unusually swift track toward sainthood just six years later.
Ahead of the canonisation
programme, Cardinal Mar George Alenchery of the Syro Malabar Catholic Church told the media here over phone from the Vatican City that to get two saints on one day is a historic blessing.
In the run-up to the canonisation
rites attended by the mammoth crowd, 150 cardinals, 700 bishops, 24 heads of states and 93 official delegations, all-night prayer vigils were heard and the sacrament of Confession was made available for pilgrims at 11 churches in Rome.
(10) On this latter point, see Smoller, "Defining the Boundaries of the Natural," 336-38; on the predominance of miracles in the Brittany inquest (as opposed to the other surviving inquests), see Laura Ackerman Smoller, "Northern and Southern Sanctity in the Canonization of Vincent Ferrer: The Effects of Procedural Differences on the Image of the Saint," in Proces de canonisation
Pope Benedict's decree recognised a miracle attributed to Mother Mary MacKillop, who was briefly excommunicated in the 19th century but is now likely to be formally declared a saint at a canonisation
ceremony next year.
Vatican City -- Pope Benedict XVI has authorized the canonisation
of four new saints.
He said: "It is my last wish to travel to Rome and watch her canonisation
. It would be my own Jim'll Fix It."