Kolkata, India, Oct 8, 2003 / 22:00 pm
Mother Teresa’s beatification Mission Sunday, Oct. 19, will spark a week of celebrations in the Diocese of Pune, where she spent most of her years ministering to the poor and the dying.
To mark the beatification, Bishop Valerian D'Souza of Pune asked all churches to ring their bells at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19, after the beatification ceremony at the Vatican. Most local churches will also celebrate Mother Teresa’s life by feeding the poor. The weeklong program also includes inter-religious peace services.
The highlight of the local celebrations will be a mass of at Pune’s St. Patrick's Cathedral Oct. 21.
After the beatification, Mother Teresa will be venerated as Blessed Teresa of Kolkata.