Vatican Rules Miracle Attributed to Mother Teresa Will Put Her on Fast Track to Sainthood

Vatican Rules Miracle Attributed to Mother Teresa Will Put Her on Fast Track to Sainthood

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In the Vatican, the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints officially rules that the 1998 healing of an Indian woman's abdominal tumor was a miracle which can be attributed to Mother Teresa. She is officially on a "fast track" to sainthood.

According to Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, the priest in charge of promoting her as a candidate for sainthood, claims that the woman who was cured had been brought to Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order with an abdominal tumour which disappeared after a "miraculous medal," worn by Mother Teresa, was put on her abdomen.

Last month the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints decided that Mother Teresa possessed "heroic virtues" of the Christian faith because of her services to the poor. According to Cardinal Pio Laghi:

"She was a real holy woman. She lived her life according to the Gospel in the most authentic way. She deserved the preferential, fast track to beatification."

Usually five years have to passes after a person has died before the long bureaucratic process of being declared a saint can even start, but under these new "fast track" rules established by Pope John Paul II, the time can be cut to as little as two years.

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