Mother Teresa’s 100th Birth Anniversary celebration

By on Aug 26, 2010 in Current Events, Events Comments

If Mother Teresa would still be alive today, she will be celebrating her 100th birthday.

But even though she is already gone, a solemn mass with nuns was held at the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, India, in which Mother Teresa founded in 1950.

The selfless nun who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for being a humanitarian dedicated her life in serving the sick and poor in India.

A message from Pope Benedict XVI was read out at the Mass.

“I am confident that this year will be for the church and the world an occasion of joyful gratitude to God for the inestimable gift that Mother Teresa was in her lifetime and continues to be through the affectionate and tireless work of you, her spiritual children,” the pontiff’s statement said.

“Her life and work continue to be an inspiration for the young and the old, the rich and the poor, from all walks of life, religions and nations,” said Sister Mary Prema, the nun who now heads the Missionaries of Charity.

Meanwhile, school children, tourists and volunteers brought bunches of flowers or candles who visited Mother Teresa‘s grave.

Among the events that were planned in celebration of Mother Teresa’s 100th birth anniversary include special feasts to feed the poor, a festival of films on her life and work, as well as the launch of a new train called the Mother Express that will travel around the country carrying an exhibition on Mother Teresa.

While the government of India also plans to release a coin in the honor of Mother Teresa, it was also learned that leading publisher Amar Chitra Katha will release comic book about the legendary nun.

On the other hand, Catholic League members are planning to demonstrate outside the Empire State Building. This is in line with the rejection of the owners of New York‘s tallest building to allow them to denying light up the landmark in blue and white lights, as part of Mother Teresa’s 100th birth anniversary.

Mother Teresa was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910, and died on September 5, 1997.

After her death, Pope John Paul II beatified her and gave her the title “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.”



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