Mother Teresa's birth centenary celebrations begin

26th August opening Mass at the Motherhouse in Kolkata
Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo of Ranchi,
Archbishop of Kolkata Lucas Sirkar, Bishop of Baruipur Salvadore Lobo, Archbishop Emeritus Henry D'Souza
were present, as well as Fr. Brian Kolodeijchuk, the postulator for the cause of Blessed Teresa's sainthood
 besides the 60 priests that concelebrated.

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Mother Teresa's birth centenary celebrations begin

The year-long birth centenary celebrations of Mother Teresa began on the 26th August 2010  
with a solemn Mass here where Pope Benedict XVI exhorted her order,
the Missionaries of Charity, to draw inspiration from her in serving the poor, the sick and the abandoned.
"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 for you, her spiritual children,
" the Pope said in a message to MoC superior-general Sr Prema.

The Pope said Teresa exemplified the message of St John "
...if God loves us, we ought also to love one another. God abides in us and his love is perfected in us."
"I encourage you to draw constantly from the spirituality and example of
Mother Teresa and in her footsteps, to take up Christ's invitation: 'Come be my light'," he said.
The early morning Mass at the first-floor chapel of Mother House was attended
by Cardinal Telesphore Placidus Toppo of Ranchi besides 60 priests.
Toppo said Mother Teresa's life was driven by a passion to
build lives through forgiveness, healing, giving them respect and through
making them true human beings in the image and likeness of God.
"That is precisely why she wanted to come to India and become a Loreto sister.
That is what she did through her teaching and forming girls of character in the school, the cardinal said.
He also said that before the Church became more conscious of its ecological duty,
Mother Teresa realised her duty towards nature and wanted it to be included in her life.
"Her insistence on poverty in life is (also) a fine illustration of this," he said.
Archbishop of Kolkata Lucas Sirkar, Bishop of Baruipur Salvadore Lobo,
Archbishop Emeritus Henry D'Souza were present as also Fr Brian Kolodeijchuk,
the postulator for the cause of Teresa's sainthood. Balloons and pigeons were released after the Mass.