Thursday, August 26, 2010
VATICAN: POPE BENEDICT XVI'S MESSAGE FOR CENTENNIAL MOTHER TERESA'S BIRTH
Kolkata (AsiaNews) – Marking the special year that begins today for the centenary of the birth of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Pope Benedict XVI "joins himself spiritually" to the celebrations and expresses confidence that it will allow "the Church and the world" to " joyful gratitude to God for the inestimable gift that Mother Teresa was in her lifetime".
The message signed by the Pope, addressed to Sister Prema, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, asks the sisters to continue the work of Mother, becoming " draw closer to the person of Jesus, whose thirst for souls is sated by your ministry to him in the poorest of the poor... the sick, the lonely and the abandoned. "
For the Pope, Mother Teresa was an example for the world of words of St. John: " Beloved, if God so loves us, we ought also to love one another. If we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us "(cf. I Jn. 4:11-12).
The message was read this morning during the mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Calcutta, Lucas Sirkar in the Motherhouse of the Missionaries of Charity. (Nc)