Kosovo devotes cathedral to St. Teresa 20 years after death

When you painted Mother Teresa’s face, you discovered goodness in her eyes and in her smile.

On Sept. 5, St. Mark’s parish will receive a first-class relic of St. Teresa of Calcutta for public veneration. Giambattista Diquattro, apostolic nuncio in India and Nepal, in the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity.

She was declared a Saint by Pope Francis before over 1.20 lakh devotees at the Vatican on 4 September. She died on September 5, 1997, a few days after her 86th birthday.

“On 6 September we will have at 5.30 pm a holy mass in the cathedral (The Cathedral of the Most Holy Rosary) and the Archbishop is going to declare Mother Teresa as co-patroness of the Archdiocese”, Sister Prema, Superior-General of the Missionaries of Charity, said on Monday.

Sister Prema said the characteristic blue-and-white pattern sari associated with the nun and the order she founded is registered as a trademark now.

Archbishop D’Souza reports that tomorrow at the cathedral of Calcutta he will declare Mother Teresa the “second patron of the Archdiocese after Saint Francis Xavier”. “It’s registered as a trademark”, she said. It was attended by Christian, Sikh, Hindu Buddhist and Muslim religious leaders.

Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, Sister Mary Prema, said Mother Teresa put into practice what she said and “we should do something attractive for God, especially if it costs a lot by way of sacrifice”.

Inaugurating the exhibition in presence of a host of eminent personalities from various fields, Sister Mary Prema spoke about how Mother Teresa touched the hearts of millions of people worldwide with her simplicity, love and kindness.

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, now the capital of Macedonia. She left the congregation in the late 1940s and started the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.

She was the recipient of numerous honours including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and Bharat Ratna in 1980.

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