The cause of Sister Dulce's Canonization began in January 2000. With the beginning of the process, her remains, which since 1992 (year of her death) were in the Church of Conceição da Praia, were then transferred to the Chapel of the Holy Convent of Santo Antônio, at the headquarters of the Irmã Dulce Social Works (OSID), also in Salvador. The Holy See issued the legal validation of the virtual miracle in the process in June 2003. As early as April 2009, Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Dulce Lopes Pontes, officially authorizing the granting of the title of Venerable to the Nun from Bahia. The title was the recognition that Irma Dulce lived, to a heroic degree, the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.
The College of Cardinals, Bishops and Theologians after the analysis of Positio - mixed canonical document of story Biography and virtues and summary of the testimonies of the process, granted in 2008 and announced in 2009 the favorable and unanimous vote of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints. This led the title of Venerable. The theologians who studied the life and works of Sister Dulce defined her as "Mother Teresa of Brazil", for the similarities of her Christian witness with the Beata of Calcutta, being "a comfort for the poor and an examination of conscience for the rich".
On June 9, 2010, the exhumation and transfer of the relics (term used to designate the body or part of the body of the blessed or saints) of Venerable Dulce to her definitive chapel located in the Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, located next to the OSID headquarters, is done. The Chapel of the Relics was built in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, erected on the site of the former Roma Cinema and the Work Circle of Bahia, built by the nun in the 1940s.