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Mamata gifts Bible bound in Baluchari silk to Pope Francis

Monday, Sep 5, 2016,11:40 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Kolkata | West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has gifted a Bible in Bengali bound in Baluchuri silk to Pope Francis at Vatican City after the canonisation ceremony of Mother Teresa.

In a tweet, the Chief Minister who is in the Vatican to attend the function, said Missionaries of Charity’s Superior General Sister Prema and Archbishop of Kolkata will hand over the holy book to the Pope.

“Sr Prema & Kolkata Archbishop met @MamataOfficial today. This Bible bound in Baluchuri to b handed over to @Pontifex,” Banerjee tweeted.

Banerjee is leading a 12-member official delegation to the Vatican as a guest of the Missionaries.

The Chief Minister and her delegates including MPs Sudip Bandopadhyay and Derek O’Brien were seen walking to the venue of the canonisation ceremony by singing songs of Rabindranath Tagore.

“Team Bengal walked all the way from the hotel with songs on our lips and I was ushered in the venue in a very special way by Sister Prema, Head of the Missionaries of Charity and was seated with them,” Banerjee said on Facebook.

She said it was a moment of overwhelming pride, a moment to once again dedicate ourselves to the cause of humanity.

“I feel immensely blessed to have witnessed the canonisation of our beloved Mother in the Vatican today,” Banerjee said.