Ahead of sainthood, Mother Teresa's statue unveiled

Ahead of sainthood, Mother Teresa's statue unveiled

Ahead of sainthood, Mother Teresa's statue unveiled

 With a week left for the canonisation of Mother Teresa at the Vatican, a life-size bronze statue of the evangelist was unveiled in Kolkata on Friday. She will be formally canonised as Saint Teresa by Pope Francis on September 4.

Born to Albanian parents at the Macedonian capital Skopje in 1910, Teresa spent most of her life in Kolkata and set up the Missionaries of Charity, a worldwide organisation that runs hundreds of homes, hospices and other centres for the have nots.

The statue was inaugurated in the presence of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who will lead a delegation for the canonisation ceremony.

The 5 feet 2 inch statue was donated by city businessman Namit Bajoria, who is the honorary consul of the Republic of Macedonia in Kolkata.

The statue was unveiled in a sombre evening ceremony at the Bishops’ House on Park Street, which was christened Mother Teresa Avenue in 2001.

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