Canonisation of Mother Teresa commemorated in Auckland

Mother Teresa of Kolkata will to be canonised by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Basilica on Sunday.

And Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn will lead commemorations as part of the 11am mass on Sunday at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

More than a thousand people are expected to attend the Auckland Sunday morning commemoration.

People of many faiths are expected to attend including representatives from the Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic faiths.

The five Auckland-based nuns of Mother Teresa’s Order, The Missionaries of Charity will also be there.

An inter-faith committee (see below) is also planning an event in November at St Paul’s College in Ponsonby to celebrate her sainthood.

“Her work of loving service and care for the poorest of the poor in India knew no religious or cultural boundaries, and people of the world’s great faiths honour her as one of their own,” said Lyndsay Freer, spokeswoman for the Auckland Catholic Diocese.

“This has been evident in Auckland, when six years ago a unique inter-faith committee was formed by people of several faiths to arrange an annual event to commemorate Mother Teresa’s legacy of service to the poor in India.”

Mother Teresa visited New Zealand in 1973, where she was met in Wellington by the then Prime Minister Norman Kirk and Leader of the Opposition Jack Marshall.

In Auckland, she attended and spoke at a rally at Alexandra Park.”


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