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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mother Teresa's 100th Birthday Will Still Be Celebrated!

Today would have been Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s 100th birthday. Mother Teresa, a.k.a “servant to the poor of Calcutta” - was the only Nobel Prize recipient to forego a celebratory luncheon, and she insisted the money be given to charity instead. Mother Teresa offered all of herself in service. She gave hope that we could make the world better.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, requested for the Empire State Building to illuminate the tower in blue and white - the colors of Mother Teresa’s  sari - to mark the centenary of her birth. Anthony E. Malkin, an owner of the building, refused Donohue’s request.

It’s an outrage that they would not agree. After-all, since 1964, the top floors of the skyscraper have been regularly lit in different colors to celebrate holidays and special occasions. In recent years it has been lighted at the deaths of New York Cardinal John O'Connor and Pope John Paul II, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and that it routinely changes its colors for Christmas, Hanukkah, Eid al Fitr (the Muslim holiday that ends Ramadan) and other religious holidays.

So... while the Empire State Building refuses to ‘light up’ in the blue and white colors in honor of Mother Teresa , there are many other ways that her 100th birthday is being honored. Just to mention a few:

•    First, Donohue will hold a rally outside the Empire State Building on behalf of Mother Teresa on August 26. He expects several thousand protesters to join him Thursday evening.
•    The Peace Bridge, on the Niagara River in New York, and the Hutchinson Metro Center’s two office buildings in the Bronx will be lit blue and white.
•    Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas is not only lighting several campus buildings in blue, but is also naming its new nursing program building in honor of Mother Teresa.
•    Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California marked the day with a memorial Mass at 11:30 a.m. and by publishing videos from her visit and Commencement Address at the school in 1982.
•    The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, CT is hosting the American premiere exhibit of Mother Teresa: Life, Spirituality and Message.
•    And, the Mother Teresa International Film Festival is being held Aug. 26-29 in Kolkata, India.

To quote Sr. M. Prema M.C., Superior General:
“Her life and work continue to be an inspiration for young and old, rich and poor from all walks of life, religions and nations,”

To read more on Mother Teresa visit:

Happy Birthday Mother Teresa

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