|India||HINDU OFFICER INSTALLS MOTHER TERESA STATUE|
A Hindu police officer has installed a statue of Mother Teresa in a park to spread "Christian qualities" among the predominantly Hindu population of a town in southern India.
N. Chandrasekhara Reddy, police chief of Madakasira in Andhra Pradesh state's Anantapur district, told UCA News that he installed the statue to spread "Christian qualities of compassion, love and service to the poor."
The squatting statue of the founder of the Missionaries of Charity has drawn people of various religions since its installation last month, he said. The park also has a meditation centre and statues of Jesus and Buddha.
Muthaiah Ravi, her husband, said he vowed to stop gambling as his "heart was moved and felt a change" as he prayed before the statue.
The police chief said that since Madakasira is "notorious for gambling," he wants to usher "a better humanity" through Mother Teresa. UCAN