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INDIAN SECULARISTS DEMAND INVESTIGATION OF MOTHER TERESA MIRACLE CURE

CALCUTTA, Oct 9, 02 (CWNews.com) - An Indian secular humanist group has asked a local government to investigate claims of a miracle cure through the intercession of Mother Teresa, saying that it "encourages false beliefs."

The Science and Rationalists Association of India was reacting to a declaration by the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints that the disappearance of a tumor in an Indian woman was due to the miraculous intercession of Mother Teresa. Probir Ghosh, general-secretary of the association, called on the Communist government of West Bengal state to "look seriously into whether this so-called miracle took place." He added, "We're sure there's a medical reason for her cure. There's no such thing as a miracle cure."

The process of the Congregation's investigation of miraculous cures includes extensive documentation of the illness, testimony by the treating physician, and investigations by independent physicians. Monica Bersa, 34, had claimed that a stomach tumor was healed overnight after she received a Miraculous Medal blessed by Mother Teresa and prayed to her. The declaration of the miracle clears the way for the beatification of the Albanian-born nun.

The rationalists' association claims 20,000 members and was founded in 1985. Its stated goal is to free Indians from superstition and to promote scientific thinking. "Promoting miracle cures is unscientific and encourages false beliefs," Ghosh said.

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