Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik named a road in Bhubaneswar after Mother Teresa, coinciding with her canonization ceremony at the Vatican on Sunday.
The Chief Minister dedicated the fly-over road linking Satya Nagar and Cuttack-Puri Road in her memory.
“I am delighted to be here today to dedicate the Satya Nagar Flyover Road in the name of Mother Teresa and henceforth it will be known as Saint Mother Teresa Road,” said the Chief Minister.
Patnaik said she arrived in India in 1929 and made this country her home to serve the poor, the diseased and the destitute.
“She came to Kolkata after listening to the ‘call within the call’. In 1950, she established missionaries of charity in Kolkata and since then her message of love, compassion and service have reached millions across the globe,” he added.
He said hundreds of centres around the world are now in the service of the poorest of the poor.
She was an angel to the distressed and the diseased. All through her life, Mother Teresa has served the un-served. She was the quintessence of compassion. She has got many awards from many countries including Bharat Ratna, Nobel Peace Prize and her beatification as ‘The Blessed’. And finally, the Sainthood comes to her today, said the Chief Minister.
Quoting Mother Teresa, the Chief Minister said, “If I ever become a Saint— I will surely be one of darkness. I will continually be absent from heaven— to light the light of those in darkness.”
“So 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,” said the Chief Minister.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) in its meeting on August 28 resolved to name a fly over the road from Satya Nagar to Cuttack-Puri Road as “Mother Teresa Road.” This was decided at the request of Odisha Catholic Bishops’ Council (OCBC) chairman Archbishop John Barwa SVD of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar.