Clinton fulfils long-cherished desire to visit Mother house

Mr Clinton on Saturday did what he couldn't during his years as the world's most powerful man -- he made a pilgrimage to the abode of destitute -- the Mother house in Kolkata.

Mr Clinton on Saturday did what he couldn't during his years as the world's most powerful man -- he made a pilgrimage to the abode of destitute -- the Mother house in Kolkata.

In an emotional touchdown at the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity to pay his regards to late nobel laureate Mother Teresa, a dream came true for former US President Bill Clinton.
He also visited Sishu Bhavan, the orphanage run by the order. After arriving from Mumbai in a specially-chartered Indian Airlines airbus this morning, Mr Clinton drove straight to mother house amidst tight security in a bullet-proof white Cherokee supplied by the US consulate.

As soon as he got off, a sea of humanity, which had gathered to greet the former 'Mr President', lustily cheered 'welcome to Kolkata'.

Mr Clinton, wearing a blue-and-black check shirt and black trousers, also waved to the crowd before he was received at the narrow lane leading to mother house by superior general Sister Nirmala and other senior sisters of the order.

He first went to mother's tomb on the ground floor and placed a wreath of white flowers and then joined about 100 nuns in the little chapel to sing 'make me a channel of peace'.

Mr Clinton, who spent about an hour in the house, talked to all the sisters and specially mentioned the menace of aids, said Sister Nirmala who presented the former president with a 'miracle medal'. The order gave him a couple of paintings of Mother Teresa and Mr Clinton, made by volunteers.

Giving her impression on the American's visit, Sister Nirmala, who spent a long time in the united states said, ''This is the first time I am meeting Mr Clinton. He is a very good man and wants to do good. He has high regard for the mother.''

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