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Street to be named after Mother Teresa

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  • Thomas Daniel
    Famous Kolkata street to be named after Mother Teresa IANS KOLKATA: One of this city s best-known streets is to be named after Mother Teresa as a mark of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 13, 2002

      Famous Kolkata street to be named after Mother Teresa

      IANS

      KOLKATA: One of this city's best-known streets is to be named after Mother Teresa as a mark of honour and gratitude for the Albanian nun who made Kolkata her home.

      The city's civic authorities have unanimously passed a resolution to rename Park Street as Mother Teresa Sarani. The re-christening will take effect March 16.

      City Mayor Subrata Mukherjee told IANS that the move is to "honour and respect" Mother Teresa "who dedicated her life to the service of the poor and dying."

      He said a special function would be held March 16 to mark the occasion, which will be attended by state Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and Sister Nirmala, the superior general of the Missionaries of Charity (MoC), the order Mother Teresa founded.

      The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will advertise in the city's leading newspapers about the name change and will wait for any objections from citizens till March 16.

      Park Street is perhaps the city's best-known thoroughfare. Situated in downtown Kolkata, the road has several top corporate addresses and the city's best restaurants.

      Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 26, 1910. She came to Kolkata on January 6, 1929, and began a life dedicated to the service of the poor and dying, which earned her the sobriquet "saint of the gutters."

      She founded MoC in 1949, a year after which it received the church's approval, and went on to receive the Nobel peace prize in 1979. She died here on September 5, 1997 and presidents, heads of states, kings and queens, attended her funeral.

      The Vatican is considering Mother Teresa for sainthood. She is said to have a "very strong case" and could be canonised in record time, church sources here say.



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