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Nun credited with curing boy’s eye disease beatified in NJ

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered to witness the beatification of a New Jersey nun credited with curing a boy's eye disease.

Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich is being beatified Saturday during a Mass, led by Cardinal Angelo Amato at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

The Archdiocese of Newark says she is credited with curing a boy's macular degeneration in the 1960s, long after she died.

Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was beatified at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. (Photo: NET TV)

Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was beatified at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. (Photo: NET TV)

Michael Mencer was given a lock of her hair and prayed to her. Roman Catholic Church officials say the effects of the eye disease soon began to fade.

Pope Francis has pronounced it a miracle.

Mencer and Demjanovich family members were among those attending the Mass.

Beatification is the third of four steps toward sainthood.