The first phase of Mother Teresa of Calcutta's process of beatification, the diocesan investigation of her life, could end this year, according to her successor as leader of the Missionaries of Charity, Sr Nirmala.
    "We hope that the investigation will conclude at the end of the year," Sr Nirmala said to a group of reporters, at the end of a Mass celebrated in the house of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, on the third anniversary of the death of the Founder.
    Sr Nirmala said she was not worried about the pace of the process. The investigations committee has had to examine an "enormous quantity of material", to a large extent letters of faithful from all over the world who say they have received miracles after praying through the intercession of Mother Teresa.
    The Missionaries of Charity are trying to fill the void left by Mother "with prayer and the people's help," she concluded.
    Zenit (available soon)
7 Sep 00

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