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Hundreds pray at Mother Teresa's tomb

Hundreds of school children, social workers and foreign volunteers offered flowers and bowed their heads yesterday at the tomb of Mother Teresa on the 92nd anniversary of her birth.

Her successor, Sister Nirmala, who led the morning prayers at the Missionaries of Charity home set up by Mother Teresa, said: "Let us thank God for the gift of Mother to all of us."

Mother Teresa was recently voted India's greatest citizen since the country's independence from Britain in 1947. Her work at the Missionaries of Charity, which has established branches worldwide, won her a Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Yesterday, the nuns at the Missionaries of Charity went out and distributed food and fruit to poor children in Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state.

They also attended an interfaith prayer meeting in memory of the Macedonian-born Catholic nun who spent her life caring for the poor in the city's slums.

Mother Teresa beatification could occur this year (20/8/02)
Mother Teresa voted India's greatest citizen (14/8/02)
The Mother Teresa Website

The Star,Malaysia - AP | photo source

27 Aug 2002