Mother Teresa, who has exercised immense influence around the world, is going to be declared a saint at the Canonisation Ceremony to be held at Vatican City, Rome on September 4. She continues to live on as the one who taught us the virtues of life and sought no recognition.
In the wake of her sainthood honour, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta has arranged a series of events from August 21 to November 4 around the city. The committee is organizing two major events along with a series of quizzes, a symposium, talks, an art exhibition and cultural shows. The events are not only arranged to mark the glory and pay homage to the ‘selfless saint of the gutters’ but also to portray her unconditional love for all. One of the major events is Thanksgiving Holy Eucharist followed by Civic Program on October 2 at Netaji Indoor Stadium from 3pm to 7pm, which will be attended by dignitaries across the country. Vice President of India M Hamid Ansari and Governor of West Bengal, KN Tripathi will grace the event with their presence as the chief guest for the civic program and the guest of honour respectively.
‘Homage to St Teresa of Calcutta’ has also been organized by the Government of West Bengal on November 4 at Shanti Dan, Tangra where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would be the chief guest.
The Archdiocese of Kolkata, Missionaries of Charity and SIGNIS India in collaboration with I&CAD Govt of WB is also organizing 4th Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF4), which will be held from August 26 to 29, at Nandan. It has declared to show the best 23 foreign and Indian films made on or inspired by Mother Teresa - including 3 World Premieres and 1 India Premiere. Mother Teresa, who started her work in Kolkata, was beatified as ‘Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’ in 2003.