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Mother Teresa centenary feted


Celebrations marking the centenary of the birth of Mother Teresa have been continuing all day in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) where she founded her mission to help the poor.

Admirers from far and wide visited her tomb at the Missionaries of Charity buiding. Mother Teresa, who died in 1997, founded the order in 1950.

Singer Yuuka Kanai from Japan: “I have respected Mother Teresa since I was a kid. I’m a singer, I sing Mother Teresa’s songs.
“I wanted to study Mother Teresa’s life and the Mother House and also I also wanted to help people in this place.”

Volunteer, Anne-Sophie from France added: “It’s a special day because we’ve been here for a month and we’ve worked with the sisters here. It’s a special day to celebrate with all the sisters.”

While events continue in Kolkata celebrations have also been organised elsewhere in the world.

But in death as in life, Mother Teresa is a controversial figure.

A row has broken out in New York after a request to light the Empire State Building in blue and white – the colours of the nun’s distinctive sari – was turned down.

No explanation has been given although the building turned red and yellow for the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 2007.

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