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Govt delegation for Mother Teresa's beatification
Our Correspondent in Delhi | October 15, 2003 23:12 IST
An official government delegation will be among the hundreds of Indians attending the beatification of Mother Teresa at the Vatican on October 19, the Catholic Bishops Conference of India announced on Wednesday.
Delhi's Archbishop Vincent Concessao said Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment P C Thomas will head an inter-religious delegation to the Vatican.
The Indian Church is examining the possibility of requesting the Vatican to expedite the process of making Mother Teresa a saint, the step after the beatification, the archbishop said.
A miracle has to be 'instantaneous, permanent and scientifically unexplainable,' and in the case of the tribal lady who claims to have been cured of her tumour by the Mother's prayers, these three aspects have been conclusively proven, said Deputy Secretary General of CBCI Fr Donald D'Souza.
Indian television channels have lined up several hours of programming on the Mother, including a live telecast of the beatification ceremony.
On Tuesday, President A P J Abdul Kalam released a book on Mother Teresa comprising a poem by him, articles by former prime ministers V P Singh and I K Gujral and several others.