MUMBAI, India – On the first anniversary of her canonization, Mother Teresa will be named the co-patroness of the Archdiocese of Calcutta.
The proclamation will be made at a Mass in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Rosary on September 6.
The foundress of the Missionaries of Charity was named St. Teresa of Kolkata by Pope Francis in Rome on September 4, 2016.
Sister Mary Prema, the Superior-General of the Missionaries of Charity, made the announcement at the inauguration of a two-day exhibition of paintings and sculptures on the saint organized in Kolkata – previously known as Calcutta.
“Mother exuded joy and peace wherever she went. An unflinching faith in God was her driving force,’’ Prema said at the event.
“Mother touched the hearts of millions of people world-wide with her simplicity, love and kindness,” she said. “God’s love and compassion continue to flow through her in the world today.”
The Archbishop of Calcutta, Thomas D’Souza, hosted an interfaith event at Mother Teresa’s tomb to mark the anniversary.
The meeting involved representatives from Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, the Church of North India and the Catholic Church.
“This was initiated by the Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee who attended the Canonization of Mother in Rome,” D’Souza told Crux. “The honorable chief minister said, that while Mother’s feast day is on September 5, we must observe the anniversary of Mother’s canonization on September 4.”
The Skopje-born Albanian nun started the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 in Calcutta, and dedicated her life to serving the poorest of the poor. She died at the age of 87 on September 4, 1997. She was beatified in 2003 by St. Pope John Paul II.
The other patron of the Archdiocese is Saint Francis Xavier, the 16th century Jesuit missionary who established a mission in India.