09/01/2016, 10.01
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Orissa, a new "Mother Teresa Road" dedicated to the Saint of all

by Nirmala Carvalho

The road will be inaugurated on September 4, the day of the canonization of Mother. The ceremony will be a public function. The Missionaries of Charity operate in 11 homes located throughout the state. The initiative acquires more value because Orissa is the State where the massacres were perpetrated against Christians in 2008.

Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar (AsiaNews) - On September 4, the day of Mother Teresa will be declared a saint in St. Peter's Square, in Bhubaneshwar, capital of Orissa, will open the first street named after the founder of the Missionaries of Charity.

This was decided by the Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation (BMC), which has accepted the request of Msgr. John Barwa, Archbishop of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar. "This initiative - he told AsiaNews - fills us with joy", in particular because the State of Orissa is where a violent massacre of Christians by Hindu radicals took place eight years ago.

During a meeting August 28, the Council decided to give green light to the new "Mother Teresa Road", which will run from Satyanagar Cuttack to Puri Road.

Msgr. Barwa says that the road runs right in front of the archbishop's house. After the mass, which will be a public function, the chief minister of Orissa Naveen Patnaik will unveil the plaque to the public with the new street name. Heads of the state government, other administrative and various local political officials have already confirmed their presence at the celebration.

For the Church in Orissa, said the bishop, the government's initiative is an important recognition, when one considers the fact that the Kandhamal district is where one of the most fierce persecutions against Christians took place in 2008. A few days ago the eighth anniversary of the massacres against the "Christian martyrs" was commemorated, for whom the Indian Church continues to fight for justice and to seek just compensation.

Numerous Missionaries of Charity work in the Indian state, located in 11 homes in the six dioceses. Even the sisters will participate in the inauguration ceremony, which will be animated by the children of the schools with traditional dances and songs.

Msgr. Barwa concludes: "Mother Teresa will bless us and accompany us all".

The Odisha Chief Minister Mr Naveen Patnaik will attend and the Chief Minister  will unveil the naming of the road "Saint Mother Teresa Road".

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