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Queen Elizabeth II records a Christmas message in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace (AP)

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Members of the Missionaries of Charity attend a service marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in 2010 (CNS)

Her canonisation will be the Year of Mercy’s crowning moment

A picture of Mother Teresa alongside a Missionary of Charity at World Youth Day in Madrid (Photo: CNS)

If her Cause is concluded by then, the Blessed will be canonised on September 4

Missionaries of Charity pray beside the tomb of Mother Teresa (AP)

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Ross Douthat is a columnist for the New York Times (AP)

The journalist can draw solace from St Bernadette, who refused to stay silent in the face of opposition

Members of the Missionaries of Charity  (CNS)

The new rules have made it easier for single and divorced people to adopt

Mary Jo Copeland gives welcome bags to members of a family in Minneapolis (CNS))

Mary Jo Copeland, who founded Sharing and Caring Hands, will meet the pontiff on Thursday

Mother Teresa is seen in Calcutta, India, in 1979 (Photo: PA)

The saint travelled with just one spare cheap sari and a bucket in which to wash her clothes

Sister Nirmala, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, stands in front of a portrait of Mother Teresa at the headquarters of the order in Calcutta (AP)

Sister Nirmala Joshi led the Missionaries of Charity from 1997 to 2009

Pope Francis reaches for a poster of Mother Teresa as he is driven through the crowd, in Tirana, Albania during his visit in 2014  (PA)

A spokesman has said the reported date of September 4 for the canonisation is only hypothetical