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Canonisation of Mother Teresa: How Patna holds a special place in the life this revered ‘saint’


PATNA: Revered nun Mother Teresa was today canonized as a saint by Pope Francis at St Peters Square in Vatican City.

“We declare and define Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be a saint and we enroll her among the saints, decreeing that she is to be venerated as such by the whole church,” the pope said in a ceremony.

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The Pope later tweeted, “Let us imitate Mother Teresa who made works of mercy the guide of her life and the path towards holiness”.

Patna, the capital of eastern Indian state of Bihar, holds a special place in the life of Mother who spent initial period of her life in a small room at Padri Ki Haveli located on the bank of the holy Ganges.

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She had spent some three months in Patna. All the articles associated with her have been kept preserved in the room where she had stayed some seven decades back.

Old timers say Mother had reached Patna to learn nursing in 1948 shortly after she arrived in Kolkata from the small European state of Albania.

It was after her nursing training in Patna that she decided to dedicate her life for the service of humanity.

It is said the draft of the Missionaries of Charities was planned only in Patna.

“At that time, the current Kurji Holy Family Hospital was known as Holy Family Hospital and functioned on the premises of Padri Ki Haveli in Patna City. It was here that Mother Teresa stayed for about three months, received nursing training and virtually commenced her service for the poor,” a priest was quoted as saying in English daily Hindustan Times today.

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