CALCUTTA — Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun renowned for her charity, became an honorary American citizen Saturday.
"This is a gift of God. I am afraid I am not worthy of it," Mother Teresa said after receiving the documents from U.S. Ambassador Frank G. Wisner.
The ceremony took place at the Calcutta headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation of sisters she founded in 1949 that has 517 centers in 80 countries.
"In the United States, Missionaries of Charity touch the lives of thousands of Americans each day, laboring with compassion and concern in dozens of our cities, as they do in countries around the world," Wisner said. "From today forward, you are no less a citizen of the world, but you are a daughter of America as well."