Rome, July 21st, 2021.
On 21 July 2021, after six years from the start of the authorization process, Multinational CIMIC Group Commander, Colonel Mattia Zuzzi, withdrew, at the Military Ordinariate, the decree that formalizes the Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s appointment as patron saint of the Multinational CIMIC Group, the joint and multinational unit specialized in civil-military cooperation.
The decree, delivered by His Eminence Santo Marcianò, Ordinary Military Archbishop for Italy, was signed by the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Arthur Roche and by the Undersecretary, Father Corrado Maggioni.
The formalization ceremony will take place on 6th September 2021, at the "Mario Fiore" Barracks in Motta di Livenza, in the presence of the Military Ordinary.
Mother Teresa's life was dedicated to helping the poorest, valuing the dignity present in every person, even in the most extreme conditions of hardship. Her goal has always been to overturn the traditional asymmetry of assistance practices which, often conducted with movements from top to bottom, proved to be humiliating and demotivating for those receiving support. In her view, the relationship between the giver and the recipient had to be equal, based on mutual understanding and respect, also through the sharing of styles and conditions of life. Mother Teresa has repeatedly reiterated that she loved all religions and has always been considered a symbol of union and aggregation even between different cults. For the mentioned reasons, the Saint was chosen as the symbol of the Multinational CIMIC Group. In fact, CIMIC operators are asked to cooperate and support the populations of the areas in which they are deployed and to create a bond of understanding and collaboration respecting the traditions and culture of a specific country in order to support the objectives of the mission itself.
SOURCE: Multinational CIMIC Group