CM Kejriwal, other AAP biggies attend St Teresa’s canonisation
Kejriwal, who worked with the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata for a short period in 1992, has often fondly recalled his association with Mother Teresa. Working with the organisation, founded by the noted missionary, was his first brush with public service, he had said before leaving Delhi on Friday. The Chief Minister will return to the Capital on September 5.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas, who has also accompanied Kejriwal to Rome, has clarified that he would be bearing his own expenses. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also attended Mother Teresa’s canonisation ceremont.
In March, Pope Francis had announced that Mother Teresa, who founded the Missionaries of Charity, will be elevated to sainthood after the Church recognised two miracles attributed to her after her death in 1997.
On Sunday, Pope Francis declared Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, revered for her work among the poor in India, a saint of the Catholic Church.
“We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a Saint,” the Pope said to a roar from the thousands gathered at the St Peter’s Square here, including many Indians who waved the Indian flag.
“We enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole Church. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,” he said, making a long-awaited announcement.
Meanwhile, people thronged various churches in the national Capital to celebrate the sainthood of the revered Mother Teresa.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also hailed the canonisation of Mother Teresa, saying it was a recognition of her service to the poorest of poor, the dying and destitute. Describing the life of Mother Teresa as “an epitome of grace, compassion and love”, Gandhi said “her saintly life will forever inspire humanity to commit to the cause of those who have no voice, no community, no home, no care and no love.”