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Mother Teresa’s death anniversary marked in Kolkata

September 06, 2013 - Hundreds of people in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, formerly called Calcutta, gathered to observe the 16th death anniversary of Blessed Teresa of Kolkata on Thursday. "Those who want to please Mother Teresa on her feast day should emulate her charity first at home and then among the poor in the neighborhood," Sister Prema the head of the Missionaries of Charity (MC) said at the mother house. Born of Albanian parents on Aug. 26, 1910 in Skopje, now in Macedonia, Mother Teresa joined the Irish Sisters of Loreto and arrived in Calcutta in 1929. In 1950 she founded her congregation of the Missionaries of Charity. The 1979 Nobel Peace laureate died on Sept. 5, 1997 in Kolkata, and Pope John Paul II declared her Blessed in 2003. “The MC mother house is the hub of charity," said Father Dominic Gomes, vicar general of Kolkata archdiocese, pointing out that some 5,100 nuns from the congregation work in over 120 nations. (Source: UCANews)


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