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Bishops ask India to make holiday for Mother Teresa's beatification

India's Catholic bishops have asked the country's prime minister to declare a national holiday on 19 October, the date of the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the Vatican.

Archbishop Vincent Concessao of New Delhi, vice president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, met with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee last week to discuss a variety of proposals in connection with the beatification.

In an interview earlier this week with the Vatican's Fides news agency, Archbishop Concessao said the holiday was appropriate because "Mother Teresa was loved and respected by all Indians for her work among the poor."

Her beatification, he said, should be welcomed by India's Catholic minority as an opportunity to introduce others to Catholicism and to "the Gospel message of love and compassion" which motivated Mother Teresa's work.

Catholic News Service

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5 Sep 2003