New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday expressed happiness over the forthcoming canonisation of Mother Teresa and said every Indian will take pride in the recognition being accorded to her for service to humanity and God.“Every citizen of Indiawill take pride in the recognition being accorded to Mother Teresa through this canonisation. Let her example inspire all of us to dedicate ourselves to the welfare of mankind,” Mukherjee said in his message.The President said: “I am happy to learn that Mother Teresa will be canonised by Pope Francis at Vatican City.”
Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in St Peter’s Square in the Vatican to witness the canonisation of Mother Teresa, the Catholic icon revered around the world for her work with the poor and dying.The canonisation mass, led by Pope Francis, took place under a huge portrait of the Albanian nun, who established the Missionaries of Charity order in Kolkata in 1950. The order now runs 758 homes, hospices and shelters in 139 countries around the world.
Modi: Mother Teresa's sainthood source of pride for India. Protest of a radical Hindu leader
Indian Prime Minister sends a delegation to the ceremony which will be held September 4 at the Vatican. The leader of a radical nationalist branch states that the canonization "is a problem" because "it will generate more conversions." Christian leaders: "These statements do not surprise us."
Mumbai (AsiaNews) - The Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, leader of the Hindu BJP (nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party), paid tribute to Mother Teresa for her "service to the poor of India" and said that "the Indians should be proud for her canonization".
These official statements by the head of the Union Government, however, have aroused resentment in the radical nationalist base of his party, which has openely contested the Catholic nun. Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), told AsiaNews that the attacks of Hindu nationalists on the figure of the Blessed, already numerous in the past, are no "surprise to us". The Christian leaders also states: “World attention is focused on the work of love and peace carried out by Mother Teresa. The GCIC welcomes and appreciates the esteem of our Prime Minister in respect of the future saint".
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, a nun who dedicated her life to helping the poor, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church at a ceremony on Sept. 4, Pope Francis announced on Tuesday.
Last December, he cleared the way for sainthood for the Nobel peace laureate, who died in 1997 at the age of 87 and was known as "saint of the gutters".
Teresa, who was born Agnese Gonxha Bojaxhiu of Albanian parents in 1910 in what was then part of the Ottoman Empire and is now Macedonia, became an international figure but was also accused of trying to convert people to Christianity.