The beatification of Mother Teresa brings the nun who dedicated her life to working for the poor in Calcutta a step nearer to sainthood.

St Peter's Square in the Vatican was packed with hundreds of thousands of worshippers to mark the occasion. Pope John Paul II read the formula of beatification putting Mother Teresa one step short of sainthood. He described Mother Teresa as a true mother to the poor whose greatness lay in her ability to give without counting the cost. 

The most rapid beatification in modern church history.

There was a strong Indian influence in the liturgy underlining the Albanian missionary's love for her adopted country. The former Archbishop of Calcutta Henry Sebastian D'Souza defended the decision to fast track Mother Teresa's beatification from five to two years after her death.  

Irish nun Sr Rosalia praises the work of Mother Teresa and her legacy. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 19 October 2003. The reporter is Joe Little.