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Pope thought about same-day canonisation for Mother Teresa

The Italian media is reporting that Pope John Paul seriously considered beatifying and canonising Mother Teresa of Calcutta on the one day next month, breaking with all the ordinary rules and precedents that govern saint-making.

The Holy Father is reported to have sent a message in June to all the heads of the Roman Curia to ask them if they thought such a double-header would be a good idea. But most advised against, and the Pope decided he would be content with beatification only on 19 October.

The Pope had already made an exception from the usual procedures in order to allow the process of beatification to begin early for Mother Teresa, with the formal introduction of her cause opening well ahead of the schedule established by the norms.

Pope John Paul still retains the authority to suspend the rules once again and proceed with the canonisation of Mother Teresa. And Vatican officials confirm that there is no question of the Pope's desire to proclaim formally what most of the world's people already believe: that the founder of the Missionaries of Charity is a saint.

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Mother Teresa's Cause (official site)
Relics of Mother Teresa for Knock (Western People, Ireland)
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Make Mother Teresa's beatification a national event, Church asks Indian regime (Catholic World News)
Missionaries of Charity celebrate Mother Teresa's 93rd birthday (27/8/03)
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9 Sep 2003