"Mother has become a household name here and the people are proud that she belonged to this city," said Banerjee.
According to ENInews, the train was painted in white and blue, the colour of the Missionaries of Charity congregation founded by Mother Teresa. This air-conditioned "Mother Express" will travel across the country to spread her message of love and care.
Further reports said celebrations in Kolkata began with a morning solemn Mass at the chapel of the mother house and the lighting of a candle at her tomb by Cardinal Telesphore Toppo, the former president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India.
"The poor were attracted to Mother because they perceived that her compassion was authentic. In her presence, they felt consoled and assured that God loves them and cares for them," Sister Prema, the superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, said after the prayers.
Bishop Biswas of Kolkata told ENInews that celebrating the centenary entails "working together in one accord to remove poverty and hunger to reach out to those who need love and care and give shelter to the homeless".