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Saint Teresa

The Vatican gets an Indian flavour. The Mother her due.

Saint Teresa AP

"In the process of encountering the world's different cultures, the Church not only transmits her truths and values, but she also takes from the various cultures, the positive elements already found in them."
—Pope John Paul II, addressing the Asian assembly of the Vatican council in 2000

They wear saris, use purifying 'Hindu' symbols such as diyas and incense sticks during worship and sing hymns in praise of 'Yesu Masih' (Jesus Christ) in several Indian languages. They are the Missionaries of Charity, the extraordinary order founded by Mother Teresa in 1950, that now has 4,500 full-timers working in 133 countries.

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