Almost 7,200 kms away from the Vatican and 400 kms from Kolkata, all eyes are glued to the television inside a small house in West Bengal’s Nakor village. However, despite excitedly waiting for Mother Teresa’s canonization for days, and in some cases years, the audience missed it due to a prolonged power cut.
For 50-year-old Monica Besra, Mother Teresa’s first miracle, Sunday was unforgettable, and also disappointing.
“What can I say? I am so happy. But also sad at the same time. There was a power cut and I missed it on TV. For me seeing it was a life ambition,” Besra said over the phone to Hindustan Times.
A prayer service took place in the morning at a chapel in the village located at Harirampur, South Dinajpur. Inaugurated in January this year, the chapel was named in hounour of Mother Teresa.
“We have a new chapel here and it’s named after Mother. We had a special service. At home, we have a TV. My eyes were glued to the TV, but suddenly there was a power cut and I missed it. Now I have to wait till the evening when they show it once again,” Besra said.
Apart from the Besras, a priest at the local church also arranged for a television for all villagers to watch. But the power outage left them disappointed too.
Besra, a mother of five, suffered from ovarian cancer. But in September 1998, a medallion and a photograph of Mother Teresa was placed over her, and Besra’s cancer was cured. This is the first miracle that led to the beatification of Mother Teresa.
The Pope last year recognised a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa -- the 2008 recovery of a Brazilian man suffering from multiple brain tumors, paving the way for her canonisation by the Vatican.
“We are all happy. I have never seen my mother so happy. We all celebrated together but only for the power cut we could not see it. Power cut is a major problem in our area,” the woman’s eldest son, Gopinath said.
Besra was scheduled to travel to Raiganj, the nearest town, with a priest of a local church to attend an evening service for Mother.
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