DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     March 15, 1999     vol. 10, no. 51

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ORDER SAYS NO HURRY TO CANONIZE MOTHER TERESA

          CALCUTTA (CWNews.com) - Mother Teresa's successor as head of the Missionaries of Charity religious order said on Thursday the sisters are in no hurry to have the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate canonized.

          "We in the Missionaries of Charity will not tell the Holy Father: Do it, do it, do it. I'm not asking for it," Sister Nirmala told Reuters news agency during a news conference. However, she added that she would like to see the canonization take place during the Jubilee Year next year.

          Earlier this month, the Vatican announced that Pope John Paul II had issued a waiver allowing the cause for Mother Teresa's canonization to be opened now rather than wait the required five years after death. Mother Teresa died in September 1997.

          Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, a member of the order from Rome who has been appointed postulator for the cause, said assembling the case for canonization will take time because Mother Teresa accomplished so much during her four decades of service to the poor and needy. "All the documents concerning Mother Teresa's life and achievements have to be collected," he said. He will be in Calcutta for three weeks collecting information.

          Two potential miracles have already been reported to the Vatican for verification. One reportedly happened in the United States, where a French woman who broke several ribs in a car accident was miraculously healed. In the other case, a Palestinian girl suffering from cancer was reportedly cured after Mother Teresa appeared in her dreams and said, "Child, you are cured."


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March 15, 1999       volume 10, no. 51
NEWS & VIEWS

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