Mumbai: CSF writes to CM protests Mother Teresa’s home land required

February 22, 2014 by  
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Expropriation of a house of Mother TeresaMumbai, February 17, 2014: The official explanation is the widening of a road to relieve traffic congestion in the neighborhood. Sisters and activists explain, however, that changing the road at that point will not solve the problem it will only will destroy a part of the Cardinal Gracias Destitute ‘s Home. Founded in 1962, the house for the sick and dying today houses 70 women.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) – The Mumbai local government has presented a notice of expropriation to the landowner of the Cardinal Gracias Destitute ‘s Home, a hospice for the sick and dying of the Missionaries of Charity. The administration is demanding 3.5 m2 for the purpose of widening the road, in order to ease traffic congestion in the area. However, activists and the women religious explain the traffic problem is in the area around the station, and not that close to the house.

“The Cardinal Gracias Destitute ‘s Home – Mother Superior, Sr. Praxi, told AsiaNews – is currently housing 70 women. The land expropriation would destroy chapel dedicated to the Virgin, eight trees and a cistern. Moreover, it would also reduce the entrance passage for the ambulance”.

The structure belongs to the Church of the Sacred Heart . “Already in 1983 – Fr. Vernon Aguilar, explains to AsiaNews – the church gave 58 m2 of land to widen the road. A 150 year old Crucifix is located  in the site that the administration wants to acquire”.

Msgr Nereus Rodrigues, a close associate of Mother Teresa and the Sacred Heart parish in the past, spoke to AsiaNews about the value of this house to the city of Mumbai: “The Cardinal Gracias Destitute ‘s Home was opened May 24, 1962 , on the feast Mary Help of Christians. The land on which it stands is a gift of the Church, which is still the legal ‘owner’. Mother Teresa frequently came to visit and had a special bond with this house”.

– asianews

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