An important road in Bhubaneswar was on Sunday named after Mother Teresa coinciding with her canonisation ceremony at the Vatican. Dedicating the road linking Satya Nagar and Cuttack-Puri highway in her memory, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said henceforth the pathway would be known as ‘Saint Mother Teresa Road’.
“I pay my heartfelt tributes to Mother Teresa on her cannonisation as Saint Mother Teresa. She arrived in India in 1929 and made this country her home to serve the poor, the deceased and the destitute,” Patnaik said. “It is time for all of us to take a leaf from her book of compassion and service and work for the poor and distressed. Let’s work for the dignity of every human being and the people around us,” he said.
The decision to name the road after Mother Teresa was taken at the request of the Odisha Catholic Bishops’ Council (OCBC) Chairman Archbishop John Barwa.
In Odisha, the Missionaries of Charity, the organisation created by Mother Teresa, has 18 homes. She 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.