Car­di­nal dis­ap­pointed over copy­right of Mother Teresa’s sa­ree

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Rome, Italy - The fa­mous white sa­ree with three blue bor­ders worn by Saint Mother Teresa has been copy­righted by nuns, and one of the Vat­i­can’s top car­di­nals is not pleased.

“Holy Mother Teresa of Cal­cutta is a univer­sal sym­bol, beloved by be­liev­ers (and) un­be­liev­ers,” said Car­di­nal Jose Saraiva Martins (85), an ex­pre­fect of the pow­er­ful Con­gre­ga­tion for the Causes of Saints.

“It is ab­surd that taxes will now have to be paid on her sa­ree. It’s the first time I have heard any­thing like it,” he was quoted as say­ing by the on­line ver­sion of the Ital­ian weekly Panorama, which hits shop shelves on Thurs­day.

The sa­ree was re­port­edly recog­nised as an In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty of the Mis­sion­ar­ies of Char­ity by the trade­marks reg- istry in In­dia on the day the Catholic nun was raised to saint­hood in Septem­ber last year.

It means those us­ing im­ages of the sa­ree - in any­thing from books and films to cal­en­ders - will have to pay. “It cer­tainly does not hon­our the saint’s mem­ory,” Saraiva Martins said. Panorama added that the news had up­set many at the Vat­i­can to the point that Pope Fran­cis may be moved to speak out.

The white sa­ree, now worn by nuns be­long­ing to the Mis­sion­ar­ies of Char­ity through­out the world, is a sym­bol of pu­rity, while the three blue bor­ders rep­re­sent poverty, chastity and obe­di­ence.

Mother Teresa won the 1979 No­bel Peace Prize and was revered around the world as a bea­con for the Chris­tian val­ues.

Jose Saraiva Martins

It is ab­surd that taxes will now have to be paid on her sa­ree. It’s the first time I have heard any­thing like it

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