India--The process of elevating Mother Teresa to sainthood will take an important step forward this month, indicating that she could be headed for canonization in record time.

Cardinal Ivan Dias of Bombay told a church-sponsored meeting at Rimini on Italy's Adriatic coast Aug. 19 that the Albanian-bom nun will be declared"venerable"in September and examination of a miracle attributed to her intervention will begin in October.

Mother Teresa founded a religious congregation, the Missionaries of Charity, to serve poor and destitute people. The order now operates worldwide. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work, which began in Calcutta.

She died in 1997, at the age of 87, and the Vatican announced in 1999 that the pope had waived the five-year waiting period normally required between a death and the opening of a process toward sainthood.

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