- Jan 28, 2020
A French priest who has worked with the most destitute in India has been made an officer of the Legion d’Honneur, the highest civilian award of France.
The Skopje-born Albanian Mother Teresa started the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 in Calcutta, and dedicated her life to serving the poorest of the poor. Now she will become the co-patroness of the archdiocese.
During a UN event honoring Mother Teresa, one close friend of the new saint said her genius was in recognizing that “Calcutta is everywhere, in the depths of our hearts, in broken friendships, in disappointed expectations in life.”
There are critics of the new saint in the Indian city where Mother Teresa’s great project of mercy was born, but ordinary Calcuttans – especially those who knew her and were helped by her — are full of pride today.
Over the years, the remarkable quality of this woman is not the prizes and the awards that she won or the accolades that came her way, but her ability to be one with the poorest of the poor and to be able to open the doors and the coffers of the mightiest and the richest of the world.