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Mother Express train arrives Dimapur
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Sep. 2010 12:39 AM IST
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In commemoration of the centennial birth anniversary of Mother Teresa, often addressed as the angel of peace, a grand tribute by Northeast Frontier Railways, Mother Express train, displaying the life, work, message of humanism, sermon of peace and sacrifice by her, arrived Dimapur railway station Monday for public viewing for two full days. The Mother Express was inaugurated by Assistant Divisional Engineer, P. Gogoi.
Thanking the Indian railways and the government of India for bestowing such honour to the angel of peace, Fr. Augustine, in-charge of religious education, Diocese of Kohima described Mother Teresa as the daughter of the country, who spread the message of sacrifice and peace to the humanity.
He said the compassion and love of Mother Teresa would exists as long as the world existed and urged all to follow her steps and be responsible in carrying out the example laid down by her.
Born in 1910 at Skopje, she joined the sisters of Loreto founded in Ireland in 1928 and on May 25, 1931, she took her professional vows of obedience, poverty and chastity and was assigned to work in Calcutta (Kolkata) where she undertook the life of complete obedience to serve the poor of Calcutta until her last breath in 1997.
Her great works have been widely acknowledged by governments, institutions, organizations and people of great personalities all around the world and above all, the citizens of Kolkata where she was worshipped as one of the many goddesses.
Between the year 1962-1997, she was honored with more than 700 awards and honours all over the world including the famous Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Among the awards she received, some prominent ones were the Padma Shri award in 1962, the Ramon Magsaysay award in Philippines in 1962, the JFK international award in 1971, the Jawaharlal Nehru award in 1972, the Templeton prize for progress in religion in 1973, the Bharat Ratna in 1980, the order of merit from Queen Elizabeth 1983, the gold medal of soviet peace committee in 1987 and the United States congressional gold medal in 1997 and many others during her life time. She founded her order known as Missionary of Charity with about 5029 members present in 137 countries who follow her steps and vision to look after the needy and under privileged sections of the society. The fully air conditioned 3 coach exhibition train was opened for public viewing on August 26 by union minister for railways, Mamata Banerjee and had traveled to many places including New Bongaigoan, Assam on September 23-24, Kamakhya on September 25-26 and would visit Dibrugarh on September 29-30 for public viewing.

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