Year-long Celebrations Launched at world’s first cathedral named after Mother Teresa

Bishop Salvadore Lobo addresses 19 media persons

BRUIPUR  (C.M. Paul) — The only cathedral in the world dedicated to Mother Teresa of Calcutta at neighbouring Baruipur town in West Bengal’s South-24 Parganas district launched year-long celebrations to mark her birth centenary, 23 August. Novenas and spiritual renewal programmes are scheduled to be held in the 22 parishes and 85 village chapels of the diocese.
Bishop of Baruipur Salvadore Lobo led a solemn concelebrated Eucharist along with 13 priests marking the beginning of Mother Teresa’s birth centenary, 26 August.
In his homily, the bishop said, “holy Eucharist was very central to Mother Teresa’s life who would attend it every morning before going out to work.”
The bishop further called upon some five hundred faithful gathered for the celebration “to be channels of peace as Mother Teresa herself exhorted the Missionaries of Charity nuns to be.”
“Each one of you can be ambassadors of peace and stop violence in a world that is riddled with so much conflict and violence,” the bishop said.
Bishop Lobo, who knew Mother Teresa since 1968, had also headed the diocesan enquiry commission set up for Mother’s beatification.
The Cathedral of Immaculate Heart of Mary and Blessed Teresa at Baruipur was inaugurated, 13 November last year by the Missionaries of Charity’s Superior-General Sister Prema at a solemn function attended by Archbishop of Kolkata Lucas Sircar SDB and Bishop of Baruipur Salvadore Lobo.
While the cathedral’s chief patroness is the Sacred Heart of Mary, the co-patroness is Mother Teresa.
Following her death on 5th September, 1997, the Nobel laureate nun was put on the fast track to sainthood by Pope John Paul-II and was declared ‘Blessed’ at a ceremony at the Vatican in 19th October, 2003 on the basis of claims of a miracle attributed to her.
The Baruipur cathedral is built in the Romanesque style marked by rounded arches and perpendicular elements as prevalent in the 10th and 12th centuries. There are 12 murals on either side of the main hall highlighting the 12 miracles and parables of Jesus Christ, while the art-work on the windows depict Biblical tales.
The work was meticulously supervised by Bishop Lobo who had words of praise for Kolkata based Lokenath Arts. The church arts company had on display 16 new large panels depicting Mother Teresa’s life.

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