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Vatican waives rule on Mother Teresa anniversary

The Vatican allowed a 'requiem' in memory of Mother Teresa in churches accross West Bengal on yesterday's seventh anniversary of her death, waiving the traditional ban on personal mass on Sundays.

"Since Sunday is the Lord's day, no other feast is allowed on that day. But in case of Mother Teresa, the Vatican has made an exception and allowed mass to be held in her memory tomorrow," the Missionaries of Charity said.

The Hindustan Times reports that church bells tolled as Mass was offered in memory of Mother Teresa.

At Mother House - the headquarters of the order - nuns, sisters, priests and ordinary citizens decorated her marbled tomb with tuberose garlands and red roses and lit candles and incense sticks. Songs were sung, hymns chanted and silent prayers offered by admirers of Mother Teresa at the front hall of the Mother House ground floor, Mother's final resting-place.

Sisters and nuns treated inmates of various homes run by the order to special meals on the occasion. A special mass was held at the St Mary's church in southern Kolkata, which used to be Mother Teresa's favourite place of worship and where she had encouraged many nuns to take their vows.

In October last year, Pope John Paul II beatified Mother Teresa, taking her to the final step before she can be made a saint. The beatification allows the revered nun to be called the Blessed Teresa of Kolkata.

Vatican waives rule for Mother Teresa (Central Chronicle 5/9/04)
Mass for Mother Teresa on death anniversary (Hindustan Times 5/9/04)

On This Day - 1997: Mother Teresa dies (BBC 5/9/04)
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6 Sep 2004