On September 9, 1997, Mother Teresa had died of a severe illness. Within two years of her death, the process to declare her a saint begun. Pope John Paul II issued a special administration to quicken the process of canonization. She was beatified on October 19, 2003, reaching the ranks of the blessed in the shortest time in the history of the church. Although Mother Teresa is physically dead, she is still living through the establishment of her many contributions in society. Mother Teresa had impacted humanity, especially through the Missionaries of Charity. At the time of her death, this organization had 610 missions in 123 countries, which included the United States, on all seven continents. Furthermore, presently, this organization still works towards the same goal of helping those that suffer on account of these ills. In honor of Mother Teresa, the Memorial House of Mother Teresa was established in Skopje, her hometown. Mother Teresa has a legacy that will forever live on.