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(NEWARK, N.J.) — A New Jersey nun who died nearly 90 years ago became the first person beatified in the United States on Saturday.

Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich is credited with curing a boy’s eye disease, an act declared a miracle by Pope Francis earlier this year.

Hundreds attended Saturday’s ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, marking the third of four steps required for Demjanovich’s declaration of sainthood.

The liturgy was the first ever in the country, as the beatification process — which has its origins in the early days of the Catholic Church — usually takes place in Rome.

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