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The copyright move has angered many Vatican officials


One of the Vatican’s best cardinals is not satisfied after a gathering of nuns copyrighted the white and blue sari broadly worn by Mother Teresa.

The copyright move has angered many Vatican officials.
Indian nuns of the Missionaries of Charity participate in a special thanksgiving Mass at the Mother House in Kolkata, India after the canonization of Mother Teresa in Rome. (Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP)

“Holy Mother Teresa of Calcutta is a universal symbol, beloved by believers [and] unbelievers,” said Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, 85, a previous consul of the Vatican-based Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
“It is absurd that taxes will now have to be paid on her sari. It’s the first time I have heard anything like it,” the online version Italian weekly Panorama quoted him as saying.
It means who ever uses images of the sari in films, books or other forms will have to pay a fee.
India’s trademarks registry allegedly perceived the sari as an Intellectual Property of the Missionaries of Charity on the day the venerated pious devotee turned into a holy person in September a year ago. “It absolutely does not respect the holy person’s memory,” Cardinal Martins said. As indicated by Panorama the copyright move has infuriated numerous Vatican authorities.
The white sari, worn by the Missionaries of Charity nuns, should be an image of immaculateness, while the three blue fringes speak to neediness, virtue and submission.