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Vatican body recognises Mother Teresa miracle

The Congregation for the Causes of Saints yesterday recognised as authentic a miracle attributed to Mother Teresa of Calcutta, making her canonisation a formality.

The Holy Father is expected to sign the decree recognising the miracle at a meeting of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints in December, and announce a date for the beatification, which is likely to be in the first half of year.

Mother Teresa's journey to sainthood is likely to be the shortest in history. She died in September 1997 aged 87 after a life of service to the poor and dying earned her global recognition as well as the Nobel Peace Prize.

The miracle occurred on 5 September 1998, one year after Mother's death. The young non-Christian woman was near death when members of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity placed a medal of Mother on her. She experienced a complete cure.

The congregation declared the healing "scientifically inexplicable", Vatican sources said.


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The Mother Teresa Website

2 Oct 2002