Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 1:
Odisha government has decided to name a road after Roman Catholic nun late Mother Teresa coinciding with her canonization at the Vatican on Sunday.
The road linking Satya Nagar and Cuttack-Puri road via flyover will be named as Mother Teresa Road.
The decision comes after a request from Odisha Catholic Bishops’ Council (OCBC) to the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation recently. The civic body in its meeting resolved to name the landmark after her on August 28 this year.
The Chairman of the Council Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar had urged the Corporation to name the road after the late missionary popularly known as the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
“We are grateful to Odisha government for naming the road after Mother Teresa. It is our tribute to Mother Teresa for her invaluable contribution to humanity through her service and charity. Through this naming of a road, we all may remember the contribution of Mother Teresa and strive to serve the humanity in our own way in life,” John Barwa, head of Odisha Catholic Church said.
Notably, the canonization ceremony will be led by Pope Francis in front of St. Peter’s basilica on September 4. Pope is slated to officially declare her a saint of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Teresa had first visited Bhubaneswar in 1974 and met the then Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy and Governor Akbar Ali Khan. Since then she visited Odisha several times in connection with leprosy eradication mission.