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Odisha names a road after Mother Teresa marking her sainthood

Bhubaneswar, Sep 4: A road in the capital city here was named after Mother Teresa marking Teresa's canonisation as a saint on The Vatican. 

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated the fly-over road linking Satya Nagar and Cuttack-Puri road in her memory.

“Henceforth, the road will be known as Saint Mother Teresa Road,” said Patnaik.

Terming Teresa as an angel to the distressed and the diseased, Patnaik said, “She has got many awards from many countries including Bharat Ratna,   Nobel Peace Prize and her beatification as 'The Blessed'.  And finally, the Sainthood comes to her today.   But the awards and recognitions never mattered to her.”

He urged people to take a leaf from her book of compassion and service, and work for the poor and distressed.

“She came to Kolkata after listening to the 'call within the call'.  In 1950 she established missionaries of charity in Kolkata and since then her message of love, compassion and service have reached millions across the globe. Hundreds of centres around the world are now in the service of the poorest of the poor. She was an angel to the distressed and the diseased,” said Patnaik.

Maintaining that all through her life Mother Teresa has served the un-served, Patnaik said she was the quintessence of compassion.

The decision to name the road after Mother Teresa was taken by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation at the request of Odisha Catholic Bishops’ Council (OCBC) last month.

Housing and Urban Development Minister Pushpendra Singh Deo, Bhubaneswar MLAs, Bijay Mohanty and Priyadarshi Mishra, BMC Mayor Anant Narayan Jena and Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Archbishop Chairman John Barwa were present.

In Odisha, Missionaries of Charity, the organisation created by Mother Teresa, has 18 houses.
She had first visited Bhubaneswar in 1974 and met the then Chief Minister Nandini Satpathy.

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