Kolkata, August 26: Missionaries of Charity, a congregation in Kolkata, offered prayers in memory of its founder Mother Teresa on her 112th birth anniversary on Friday. Sisters belonging to the Mother’s House sang hymns and offered prayers in remembrance of the saint near her tomb. Serving Archbishop Thomas D’Souza said, “This is the celebration of a great person and her every birthday is the celebration for the life of all. It is for the gift of life and this life is given to us so that we can make a gift to others.”
“Pope Francis said that rivers do not drink their own water, trees do not eat their own fruit, the sun does not shine on itself and flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves. Living for others is a rule of nature and Mother lived this life. She lived to protect and promote the life of the poor, so this is the celebration to live the life for God and for others,” he added. Mother Teresa Birth Anniversary 2022: Share Quotes, Messages and Powerful Words by Saint Teresa of Calcutta To Honour Her Immense Contribution to the Society.
A visitor from Spain, James said, “We are really happy to be here as we are celebrating our Mother’s birthday. I have been following her since my childhood. We have missionaries all over the world, but being here is a feeling of joy.” Born in a family of ethnic Albanians in Skopje in 1910, Teresa left her home at the age of 18 and later joined the ‘Sisters of Loreto’ located in Ireland’s Rathfarnham.Mother Teresa, whose actual name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, moved to India in the late 1920s and taught history and geography for 15 long years at Calcutta’s St Mary’s High School.
In 1948, Teresa decided to leave the church and adopted a lifestyle in slums to aid the poor and the needy in Kolkata. In 1950, she laid the foundation stone of the Roman Catholic religious congregation which is now popularly known as the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She urged the jury to contribute the prize money of USD 192,000 for helping the poor people of India.
In September 2017, Mother Teresa was declared Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Calcutta by the Vatican Pope for her selfless service towards helping the underprivileged and poor in Kolkata. Teresa, who died in 1997 at the age of 87, was granted a state funeral by the central government in recognition of her services to the poor across the country.
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