Prayer meet held in Kolkata on Mother Teresa's death anniversary

Special peace prayers were held Friday to observe the 17th death anniversary of Mother Teresa at the Mother House here.

ANI| Last Updated: Sep 05, 2014, 10:27 AM IST

Kolkata: Special peace prayers were held Friday to observe the 17th death anniversary of Mother Teresa at the Mother House here.

Prayers and floral tributes were offered at her grave.

The Superior General of Missionaries of Charity, Sister Prema told ANI, "We remember her constantly for what she has given us and passed on to us."

Spreading the message of peace she said, "I think the message mother wants to give to the world is to give God the priority and after this the human being is valued and appreciated in the dignity which God has given them."

After the beatification of Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic Church had declared September 5, the day Mother Teresa left her earthly abode, as Feast Day - a day for joy and celebration.

Albanian born Mother Teresa made Kolkata her home and dedicated her life to the service of poor and destitute children. The Pope beatified the Nobel laureate in October 2003, paving the way for her canonisation, or being declared a saint.

She qualified for beatification after Vatican officials acknowledged that she was responsible for a miracle in which an Indian woman was cured of stomach cancer through her intervention.

She came to India in 1929 at the age of 18 and took up teaching and became an Indian citizen in 1948.

She started working in slums and later set up her Missionaries of Charity, which was approved by the Vatican in 1950.

Mother Teresa received several national and international awards for social service during her lifetime. They include the Magsaysay Award in 1962, the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize in 1971, the John F. Kennedy International Award in 1971 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.