Kolkata: The Archbishop of Kolkata, Reverend Thomas D’Souza along with a team of delegates from Skopje – His Excellency Mr Bujar Osmani, the Hon’ble Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of North Macedonia, His Excellency, Mr Slobodan Uzunov, Ambassador of Republic of North Macedonia in India, Mr Namit Bajoria, the Honorary Consul of the Republic of North Macedonia in Kolkata, and other guests paid floral tributes and prayers at the life-sized bronze statue of Mother Teresa at the Archbishop House in Kolkata today.
The visiting guests from the Republic of North Macedonia also visited the Mother House earlier during the day and paid rich tributes to Mother Teresa and prayed for peace.
The bronze statue of St Teresa of Calcutta, conceptualized designed by Mr Subrata Ganguly of Church Art, was donated by Mr Namit Bajoria in September 2016 to mark a symbolic link between Kolkata and Skopje, Macedonia’s capital city where Mother Teresa was born.
The statue was formally inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee a week prior to the canonization of Mother Teresa in early September 2016.
The bronze statue of St Teresa of Calcutta is stationed adjacent to the statue of Pope John Paul II who visited Kolkata in February 1986 had stayed at the iconic Archbishop’s House in Kolkata. Pope had met Mother Teresa on 3rd February 1986 in Kolkata.
The delegation from the Republic of North Macedonia is visiting Kolkata to forge strong cultural ties between Skopje and Kolkata – the janamabhoomi and karmabhoomi of Mother Teresa.
The two cities share and are bonded by a common spiritual heritage of our revered St. Teresa of Calcutta.