State pays for Mother Teresa train

by Dennis Coday

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This report from Ecumenical News International shows that while Americans hesitated in how to celebrate Mother Teresa's birthday, Indians had not such compunction. (I added the bold.)

More than 25 000 people gathered at Sealdah railway station in Kolkata [formerly Calcutta] for the launch of the "Mother Express" train, a highlight of the centenary celebrations of the birth of Mother Teresa.

"Mother has become a household name here and the people are proud that she belonged to this city," said Mamta Bannerji, a Hindu who is India's federal railways minister and who hails from Kolkata, before she flagged off the special train funded by the railway ministry.

Painted in white and blue, the color of the Missionaries of Charity congregation founded by Mother Teresa, the air-conditioned "Mother Express" is a mobile exhibition about the life of Mother Teresa. It is to travel across the country to spread her message of love and care.

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