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Mother Teresa Sanctity Report Done

August 16, 2001

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CALCUTTA, India (AP) _ Mother Teresa’s order campaigned to make their founder a saint and the Calcutta archdiocese took the first formal step in the process, completing an investigation into her ``reputation of sanctity.

A 35,000-page report listing Mother Teresa’s virtues and alleged miracles will be delivered to the Vatican next week, her Missionaries of Charity group said late Wednesday.

It concludes the first phase in the beatification of the nun who spent her life caring for Calcutta’s poor.

After Mother Teresa died in 1997 at 87, Pope John Paul II waived the customary five-year waiting period to start the process leading to possible sainthood. The formal investigation into her ``life, virtues and reputation of sanctity,″ which details her alleged miracles, began two years ago.

``This is the happy conclusion of the first phase of inquiry ... We pray for Mother’s early sainthood,″ said Sister Nirmala, Mother Teresa’s successor at the Missionaries of Charity. She was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Diocesan Commission at St. Mary’s Church.

Calcutta Archbishop Henry Sebastian D’Souza oversaw the compilation of the report. It includes one alleged miracle in which a woman is said to have been cured of stomach cancer after she placed a locket of Mother Teresa’s on her stomach on the first anniversary of her death.

Confirmation of a miracle is required for beatification and a second miracle is required for sainthood. Beatification is the last step before sainthood.

The panel’s report will be summarized once it reaches the Vatican. The summary will be sent to a panel of theologians and then to panel of cardinals and bishops as part of the second phase of inquiry.

The panel of bishops will then pass their vote to the Pope, who will make the final judgment.

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