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Archdiocese of Manila Marks 100th birthday of Mother Teresa

The 100th birthday of Blessed Teresa (or Mother Teresa) will be observed in the Archdiocese of Manila with a Mass presided by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio B. Cardinal Rosales with his clergy, at the Manila Cathedral at 9 a.m on Thursday, August 26, 2010.

Mother Teresa having a good laugh with Cardinal Sin
during her first visit to Manila in 1976.

The sisters of the Missionaries of Charity in the Archdiocese will lead those attending the Mass. The Missionaries of Charity was founded by Mother Teresa in Calcutta . Mother Teresa herself came to the Philippines in 1977 to establish her congregation’s first center in the Philippines, the Alay ng Puso (Home for the Sick & Malnourished Children in Del Pan Street, Binondo, Manila. In 1978 she inaugurated the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Home for the Sick & Dying Destitutes) in Tayuman, Tondo, Manila. In 1986 the Home of Joy (Home for the Sick & Malnourished Children was completed in Tayuman, Tondo.

Similar centers of the Missionaries of Charity were also put up in the Archdioceses of Lingayen-Dagupan, Caceres, Cebu, Davao, Tuguegarao and Palo, and the dioceses of Antipolo, Iba, Kalibo, Bacolod, Calbayog, and Imus.

Filipino sisters of the congregation number about 160 with two thirds assigned abroad and the rest in the Philippines.

Known and beloved for her saintly life of ministering to the poorest of the poor in India’s Calcutta district, Mother Teresa became the face of the saint of the modern age. Her tireless efforts to love the poor, the sick and the dying brought her to all corners of the world where she met with leaders and royalty clad in her blue and white sari-like habit and, sometimes, in her rubber slippers.

The website Centenary of Mother Teresa’s birth writes this of her:

“Mother Teresa was God’s gift to Calcutta and to the world… What made Mother Teresa such as great personality? Alpino wrote: “Her works were in the dull and drab surroundings of poverty and anonymity. Scattered garbage, stray dogs and under-nourished children were the scenario for her compassion and mission. Here she was at home, here she offered unstinted and unconditional love. Here she picked up little dying babies and hugged them into life. Here she walked and shared her time, energy and love…”

Here centenary will be marked all over the world. It is reported that among the activities are:

  • Launching of the book “Where There is Love, There is God” which features writings from Blessed Teresa

  • The United States will start issuing the Mother Teresa Postage Stamp. Postage stamps have been similarly issued in Austria, Josovo and Monaco.

  • India will launch the Mother Teresa Express Train and in New York’s Niagara River, the Peace Bridge will be lit with blue and white, the colors of the Missionaries of Charity.

The Manila Cathedral will also feature an exhibit on Blessed Teresa.