Mother Teresa canonisation: Goa Church organises prayers, poems

Panaji, Sep 3 (IANS) Power point presentations on soon-to-be-saint Mother Teresa and her work in India, special prayer services and recitation of poems and songs dedicated to the Albanian-origin nun, will be the highlights of September 4, the day she will be canonised as saint at the Vatican, a church spokesperson said on Friday.

“All churches in Goa will conduct a special mass, a special programme, power point presentations, video, skits and poems,” Fr. J. Loyola Pereira, Secretary to the Goa Archbishop, told reporters here.

“Our schools and colleges, around 150 of them, have been told to celebrate Mother Teresa’s canonisation during assembly time with poems, competitions and talks for three days,” Pereira added.

Mother Teresa will be canonised as a saint at Vatican City at a formal event on Sunday.

Goa deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza as well as Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao will be participating in the ceremony.

D’Souza will be attending the event as part of the official Indian government delegation headed by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

“The Archbishop will be here on September 13, to celebrate in the name of the Church in Goa and to thank God for the great gift of Mother Teresa’s canonisation,” he said.

Pereira said that Mother Teresa, may have been born in Albania, but her services to the poor across the globe, had made her a global citizen.

“Mother Teresa comes from Albania. But the moment she came to India, she made India her country and became an Indian national. But today, she is a citizen of the whole world and the whole world admires her and venerates her as the Saint of gutters who dedicated her whole life to the poorest of the poorer,” he said.

On September 4, a chapel at Chorao village near Panaji, will also be dedicated to Mother Teresa.



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