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Ravik Bhattacharya, Kolkata: A modest north Bengal chapel in the name of Mother Teresa held a special service on Sunday morning, hours
before the iconic Catholic missionary was to be canonised in faraway Rome. But there was more to the ceremony at the village 460 km from the state capital.
The eight-month-old church is housed in remote Nakor, which is the native place of a middle-aged lady on whom the iconic Albanian-Indian nun performed a ‘miracle’ that proved key in the sainthood of Mother at a ceremony in Pope-ruled Vatican.
Monica Besra, 50, celebrated the day with her sons and residents of her village near Harirampur in South Dinajpur district, beginning with a prayer at the Mother Teresa church. “We have a TV at home. We will be watching the Mother’s sainthood ceremony on it,” she told HT. “What can I say? I am so happy.”
Besra’s eldest son Gopinath said the family would celebrate the whole day together. “I have never seen my mother so happy,” he added.The family, which owns five bighas of land, will not hit the fields on Sunday. In the evening, Besra is going to the nearest town of Raiganj with the father of her neighbourhood church to attend an evening service for the Mother.
The church at Nakor has arranged a television for community viewing of the canonisation live.
In 1998, a penury-riddled Besra reported cure of her ovarian tumour following sustained prayers to late Mother Teresa who she never met in life. A mother of five children, the tribal woman’s story was well-chronicled, enabling the Vatican to take notice of it—and list it as a ‘miracle’: the first milestone in the two-step trip to sainthood as per Catholic norms.
On Sunday, a beaming Besra reiterated her strong belief that her faith in the Mother enabled her to cure of the tumour.