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Kolkata city preparing for Mother Teresa's canonization

Blessed Mother Teresa and (inset) Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Calcutta. - RV

Blessed Mother Teresa and (inset) Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Calcutta. - RV

25/08/2016 12:04

Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, soon to be a saint,  is such a world figure, she needs no introduction.   Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu‎ of Albanian parents on ‎August 26, 1910, in Skopje, in what ‎is ‎Macedonia today, Mother Teresa came to eastern India’s Kolkata city, formerly Calcutta, in 1929, as a missionary nun. Affectionately known as the "saint of the gutter" for her unconditional ‎love ‎for the poor and the abandoned, she founded her Missionaries of Charity congregation in 1950.   She earned numerous national as well as international honours for her works of mercy, including ‎the ‎Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.   She died on September 5, ‎‎1997 at the age of 87 and ‎St. ‎John ‎Paul II declared her Blessed in the Vatican, on October 19, 2003.  ‎ And now Pope Francis will declare her a saint on Sept. 4  at a ceremony here in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square.   To know about the preparations taking place in Mother Teresa’s ‎adopted hometown of ‎Kolkata for this great day, we talked on the phone with Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta.  He first explained the significance of this canonization for his city.


25/08/2016 12:04