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Mother Teresa to be Beatified October 19, 2003


The Roman Catholic Church has announced the date for the beatification of Mother Teresa.

Pope John Paul II approved a miracle attributed to Mother Teresa Friday, allowing for her beatification. A date for the ceremony has been set for October 19.

Mother Teresa, known as the "saint of the gutter", established the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, to assist the poor and sick.

The miracle attributed to her involves a young Indian woman who recovered from a stomach tumor after an image of Mother Teresa was placed on her stomach. Doctors could provide no explanation for the recovery.

Beatification is one of the steps toward sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

Not all the news coming out of the Vatican Friday was positive. The Jesuit magazine Civilta Cattolica published an article Friday suggesting Pope Pius XII could have done more to denounce the Nazi Holocaust of the Jews in the second World War.

The magazine says Vatican documents indicate diplomats and prelates informed the pope that the Nazis were deporting and exterminating Jews.

In a 1942 Christmas message, Pope Pius XII said hundreds of thousands of people were dying in Europe because of their nationality or race, but he did not specifically mention the persecution of Jews.

There has been much criticism of the role of Pope Pius XII, who was appointed head of the Catholic Church in 1938, shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Further light on his activities will be shed when the Vatican makes public secret documents of its wartime relations with Germany. The documents were to have been released January 1, but the Vatican has had to delay this to mid-February due to the large volume of material.

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