A life-sized, bronze statue of Mother Teresa was unveiled in Calcutta on Wednesday in the city where she spent most of her life helping the destitute and dying. The statue, by British sculptor Jonathan Wylder has portrayed Mother Teresa praying. It has been placed in the prayer hall of the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity, outside the chapel where her tomb is located. Naresh Kumar, a worker at the Mother House, said that Wylder initially made Mother Teresa's hands very delicate, but he explained: "Mother's hands were really strong, the strongest I have ever seen" - and so Wylder was asked to make the hands larger. Wylder, who was unable to attend the ceremony in person, wrote in a letter read out at the ceremony that he felt the statue was his best work. The community agrees. "When we see the statue we feel she is there,'' said Sister Nirmala, the superior general of the Missionaries of Charity. "We are reminded of the love and blessings of Mother who may not be physically among us but guiding us from above."
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