Come September 4, and Pope Francis will officially declare Mother Teresa as a saint. Reportedly, as a tribute a road will be named after Mother Teresa in Bhubaneswar, coinciding with the ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.
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The Mother Teresa Road (The road’s name, according to the office of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Archbishop statement) will link Satya Nagar and Cuttack-Puri road and in her memory. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will launch the fly-over.
The idea to take this step came from Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation who were requested by Odisha Catholic Bishops’ Council (OCBC), said Chairman Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar to BMC. “We are grateful to Odisha government for naming the road after Mother Teresa. It is our tribute to Mother Teresa for her invaluable contribution to humanity through her service and charity,” Mr Barwa, head of Odisha Catholic Church, said to NDTV. “Through this naming of a road, we all may remember the contribution of Mother Teresa and strive to serve the humanity in our own way in life,” Mr Barwa added.
Notably, the canonization ceremony will be led by Pope Francis in front of St. Peter’s basilica where Teresa will be officially honoured as a saint of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Odisha Missionaries of Charity, the organization was created by Mother Teresa, has 18 houses. Teresa had first visited Bhubaneswar in 1974 and met the then Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy and Governor Akbar Ali Khan. Since then she visited Odisha several times in connection with the leprosy eradication mission, according to a statement.
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