Skip to content Skip to navigation

Social:

RSS:

Vatican Radio

The voice of the Pope and the Church in dialogue with the World

language:

Church \ Church in Asia

Inter-faith gathering honours Mother Teresa in Kolkata ‎

Arch. Thomas D'Souza and leaders of other faiths, paying homage to Mother Teresa at her tomb in Kolkata city. - RV

Arch. Thomas D'Souza and leaders of other faiths, paying homage to Mother Teresa at her tomb in Kolkata city. - RV

26/09/2016 15:39

Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim leaders joined Catholics at the tomb of St. Teresa of Calcutta on ‎Friday hailing her dedication for the poor and praying for her intercession to emulate her work in their ‎life.  The interreligious prayer gathering at the tomb of Mother Teresa in the eastern Indian city of ‎Kolkata, formerly Calcutta,  was one of a series of events Calcutta Archdiocese has organized along ‎with the Missionaries of Charity nuns to celebrate her Sept. 4 canonization by Pope Francis in Rome.  ‎Archbishop Thomas D'Souza of Kolkata said the canonization ceremony at the Vatican had gathered ‎people of various faiths. "In a small way, in this holy room where St. Teresa's tomb is, representatives of ‎different faiths have come together to celebrate," he said.‎

Buddhist leader Buddharakhsit described Mother Teresa as a "pure soul" who "earned respect" through ‎her life and actions.  Jagmohan Singh of the Eastern Region Sikh Mission based in Kolkata said Mother ‎Teresa worked with "godly mercy." Singh said that there is no other comparison for her wok and life in ‎India. Maulana Mubarak Karim Jawahar, president of the Quran Research Society, said, "Although St. ‎Teresa has left us we can all emulate her." ‎

The archdiocese also conducted a "Mother Walk" on Sept. 25 on a symbolic three-kilometer foot ‎journey from her former Loreto convent in the city to "her final resting place" inside the headquarters of ‎the Missionaries of Charity congregation.‎

Next month, a cultural program and thanksgiving Mass is being organized by the archdiocese as the ‎culmination of the month-long celebration of the canonization.‎  (Source: UCAN)

26/09/2016 15:39