Mother Teresa´s Cause to Complete First Stage

3 Reported Miracles Are Linked to Her

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ROME, MAY 24, 2001 ( Investigations in the first stage of Mother Teresa of Calcutta´s process of canonization will be officially completed within three months.

Calcutta Archbishop Henry Sebastian D´Souza reported this week that the investigations will be formally closed Aug. 15. He said the Holy See usually takes two to three years to complete this first stage, «but the Vatican will take less time for Mother Teresa.»

John Paul II has dispensed with the five-year period required after a person´s death, before initiating a process of canonization.

The first stage of the process includes collecting evidence and information on the virtues of Mother Teresa from the local dioceses, beginning with Calcutta. There must also be confirmation of a miracle attributed to her intercession. The requirements for canonization are two additional officially recognized miracles.

One of the beneficiaries of a miracle was a patient in Raiganj, in the Indian state of Bengal, who was reportedly cured of a malignant tumor, thanks to Mother Teresa´s intercession. A French woman in the United States broke several ribs in a traffic accident but was reported to be miraculously cured, as she wore a medal of Mother Teresa around her neck.

A Palestinian girl suffering from cancer said she was cured after Mother Teresa appeared to her in a dream and said: «Young girl, you are cured.»

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