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Vatican moves Mother Teresa nearer to canonisation

Mother Teresa of Calcutta cleared the first hurdle to sainthood yesterday when the Vatican formally declared her to possess "heroic virtues" and thereby opening the way for her canonisation.

A Vatican committee will now meet on 1 October to formally confirm a miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, who died in 1997. Advocates for her beatification say a woman suffering from a tumor was inexplicably cured after praying to the nun.

If the Vatican commission recognises the miracle, a ceremony to beatify her could be held next year, Vatican sources said. A second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa, who spent much of her life helping the world's most destitute people, would be needed after the beatification in order for her to be declared a saint.


Hundreds pray at Mother Teresa's tomb (27/8/02)
Mother Teresa beatification could occur this year (20/8/02)
Mother Teresa voted India's greatest citizen (14/8/02)
The Mother Teresa Website

25 Sep 2002