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Date set for Mother Teresa's beatification

The Vatican has announced that the Pope has chosen 19 October - the 25th anniversary of his pontificate - as the date for the beatification of Mother Teresa.

The announcement was made by Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples during a press conference called to present World Mission Day 2003.

Mother Teresa qualified for beatification after Vatican officials acknowledged that she was responsible for a miracle in which an Indian woman was cured of stomach cancer through her intervention.

Mother Teresa, who founded the Missionaries of Charity, died on September 5, 1997 at the age of 87.

According to church law, the beatification process cannot begin until at least five years after a candidate has died. But Pope John Paul personally intervened to waive the waiting period for the beatification of Mother Teresa.

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24 Feb 2003