Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mother Teresa’s centenary plans finalized

Catholics in Kolkata, where Blessed Teresa based her life and work, are taking a series of initiatives to observe her birth centenary and pray specially for her speedy canonization.
Celebrations will take place between 17 August and 13 September. The most important event will be the novena for the canonization of the Blessed, which will be recited in every parish in the diocese during the centennial period, AsiaNews reported.
Blessed Teresa, popularly called Mother Teresa was born August 26, 1910. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (in 1950 to work for the the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. She died on Sept. 5, 1997, at the age of 87.
The Catholic Association is organizing the centenary events in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Kolkata and the Missionaries of Charity congregation which the world renowned nun founded some six decades ago.
On 26 August, Cardinal Telesphore Toppo will celebrate Mass in the MC motherhouse. On the same day, a film festival and an exhibit of paintings dedicated to the life of the Blessed will open.
A symposium on her life is also in the work. Navin Chawla and Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, postulator of her canonization will speak at the event.
The archdiocese has proclaimed her death anniversary on Sept. 5, her birth in heaven, a day of celebration. The program will end with a Mass in the courtyard of Saint Francis Xavier College.
The organizing committee includes Archbishop Lucas Sirkar of Culcutta, Mother Prema, superior of the Missionaries of Charity, her senior council members, three Jesuits, three Salesians and few diocesan priests and ten lay people.

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