Had MOTHER Teresa been alive today, she would have been 106. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was in Rome on Sunday to attend a canonisation mass that declared the Mother a saint, presented a bouquet of 106 roses through state minister Firhad Hakim at the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata.
In Rome, Mamata set out on foot with her delegation, singing Rabindra Sangeet in Mother Teresa’s honour. Singing Prano Bhoriye, Trisha Horiye, Mamata — along with TMC MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O’Brien — walked about 6 km from Rome to St Peter’s Basilica.
She also sported a blue-and-white sari, like the ones worn by the Missionaries of Charity nuns. Recently, she had worn such a sari while inaugurating a statue of the Mother in Kolkata. She had then said she was going to Rome not on the invitation of the Indian government but of the Missionaries of Charity.
Carrying ‘City of Mother Team Bengal’ placards, her team reached the holy site in time to watch the canonisation ceremony.
Later, Mamata in a tweet said that she gifted a Bible in Bangla, bound in Baluchuri silk, to Pope Francis after the ceremony. “Sr Prema & Kolkata Archbishop met @MamataOfficial today. This Bible bound in Baluchuri to b handed over to @Pontifex,” she tweeted.
“Team Bengal walked all the way from the hotel with songs on our lips and I was ushered in the venue in a very special way by Sister Prema, Head of the Missionaries of Charity and was seated with them,” the CM said on Facebook. She said it was a moment of pride.
“I feel immensely blessed to have witnessed the canonisation of our beloved Mother in the Vatican today,” she said.