Nun credited with curing boy from eye disease up for beatification; move toward sainthood

A New Jersey nun who died more than 80 years ago moves closer to sainthood this weekend.

Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (dem-JAN'-oh-vich) will be beatified in a ceremony Saturday at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

The Archdiocese of Newark says a young boy's macular degeneration was cured after he was given a relic of Sister Miriam Teresa and prayed to her. They say Michael Mencer's ailment was "totally reversed" within six weeks. That episode has been certified as a miracle by Pope Francis.

The Archdiocese expects more than 1,500 people to be on hand for the beatification Mass, including members of the sister's family and Mencer.

Saturday's ceremony is the third step in the canonization process.