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Mother Teresa’s 107th birth anniversary celebrated in Kolkata

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Mother Teresa's 107th birth anniversary celebrated in Kolkata
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Special masses and prayers were held on Saturday to mark the 107th birth anniversary of Mother Teresa in Kolkata.

Candles were lit at her grave at Mother House in Kolkata, the global headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity (MoC), established by her in 1950.

Her grave was decorated with flowers as the sisters led by the MoC Superior General Sister Prema and other eminent persons sang hymns, read from the Bible and recalled her celebrated life.

“We always feel her presence. She is with us all the time, in all the works for the people,” Sunita Kumar, who was close to Mother Teresa told PTI.

A large number of people, including school children and residents of the various homes run by the MoC, congregated at the Mother House, which wore a festive look.

West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee tweeted, “‘Peace begins with a smile.’ Homage to @StTeresaOfCal, Mother to many of us, on her birth anniversary.”

Saint Teresa of Calcutta was born on 26 August, 1910 at Skopje in Macedonia. She died on 5 September, 1997.

She was the recipient of numerous honours including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 and the Bharat Ratna in 1980. In 2003, she was beatified as “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”.