Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that sainthood for Mother Teresa is a “memorable and proud moment”, after her canonisation at the Vatican.
“Sainthood of Mother Teresa is a memorable & proud moment,” Modi, who is in this east Chinese city for the G20 Summit, said in a tweet. In the same tweet, he also shared a link to the video of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address to the nation on August 28.
The prime minister had praised the nun, who became a global icon because of her work with the dying and destitute of Kolkata, in that edition of his monthly-radio address.
“As Indians we have to feel proud about the canonisation of Bharat Ratna Mother Teresa. She had dedicated her life for the upliftment of the poor. She was an Albanian, and English language was not her mother tongue and yet she adopted it as her language and served the poor,” he had said.
Teresa’s canonisation was announced in March by Pope Francis after the Church recognised two miracles attributed to her after her death in 1997.
Born in 1910 to Kosovan Albanian parents in Skopje – then part of the Ottoman empire, now the capital of Macedonia – Teresa had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. In her acceptance speech she made a fervent defence of her approach to helping the poor, which was by then coming under increasing critical scrutiny. To those who said birth control was vital to combatting poverty, she replied that abortion was “direct murder by the mother.”