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    » 04/16/2009, 00.00

    VATICAN

    Birthday greetings for pope from sisters of Mother Teresa in Orissa



    "At these times, more than ever, during the various sufferings and injustices, the Missionaries of Charity reassure our beloved Pope Benedict that he continues to be a voice that is listened to." Greetings for Benedict XVI from all over the world. A unique initiative in France.

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Greetings from political and religious figures, from men of culture and from the faithful all over the world for Benedict XVI, who turns 82 today. The pope is spending the day at his residence in Castel Gandolfo, near Rome.

    There is no lack of special initiatives for Benedict XVI's birthday: one unique initiative is being conducted in France, with the launching of the website touchepasàmonpape.com (don't touch my pope), and Facebook groups launching a campaign "to contribute to financing the first private NGO that has successfully fought AIDS all over the world: the Catholic Church."

    It's a quiet day at the Vatican: a working day, since the offices are instead closed on the feast of St. Joseph, the pope's name day.

    AsiaNews has received the text of the greeting sent by Sister M. Suma, the regional superior in Orissa for the Missionaries of Charity, the sisters of Mother Teresa. These are her words:

    "Greetings of gratitude and love to our beloved Holy Father on your birthday, for your care and concern for your children of Kandhamal! Our beloved Holy Father, as you celebrate your birthday in the octave of the greatest feast of the Church - the Resurrection - the Missionaries of Charity join our Blessed Mother Teresa, who is praying for Pope Benedict XVI from heaven in her own words: 'Never let anything so fill you with pain or sorrow, so as to make you forget the joy of the Risen Lord.' We, the Missionaries of Charity in Orissa, greet you with love and service.

    "April 16 is election day in Kandhamal, a 'Day of Prayer' in all of Mother Teresa's houses in Orissa. We will be in Eucharistic Adoration from 6 am to 7 pm, praying for peace during the election.

    "Our prayers and love are also for the Shepherd of the Church, who has also been persecuted and attacked and misunderstood for being the Vicar of Christ. The Missionaries of Charity offer as a gift to the Holy Father on his birthday all our sufferings and joys, and assure His Holiness that, assured of his prayers and support, we will proclaim Christ through our service and lives, and by living fearlessly for others, bearing witness to His name.

    "At these times, more than ever, during the various sufferings and injustices, the Missionaries of Charity reassure our beloved Pope Benedict that he continues to be a voice that is listened to. His voice for the suffering Church, and his love for the poor, his charity towards the less privileged and his call for justice all over the world is the Caritas of our beloved Supreme Pontiff.

    "Let nothing weigh you down Holy Father, the tears and blood of our people in Kandhamal are praying for you and your pontificate.

    "Happy Birthday!"

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    See also

    21/04/2005 INDIA-VATICAN
    Mother Teresa to be canonised under Benedict XVI, says Sister Nirmala


    26/08/2010 VATICAN - INDIA
    Message from Pope: Mother Teresa, an "inestimable gift" for the Church and the world
    The message from Benedict XVI for the centenary of the birth of the Blessed was read this morning by Mgr. Lucas Sirkar during mass celebrated in the chapel of the Motherhouse of the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta.

    26/08/2008 VATICAN – INDIA
    Orissa: Vatican expresses solidarity to victims; Indian bishop calls events shameful for the state
    The Holy See has called on everyone to rebuild an atmosphere of dialogue and reconciliation. Cardinal Gracias, who chairs the conference of Indian bishops, accuses the government of being too slow in acting and the police of being ineffective. He expresses sorrow for the death of Hindu fundamentalist leader Swami Laxamananda. Violence against nuns and missionaries, who give their life for the social development of the population, is “diabolic”. Mother Teresa’s successor Sister Nirmala Joshi says that one cannot be disciple of Christ without paying the price, on the Cross.

    12/09/2008 INDIA
    Police gag order silences Sisters of Mother Teresa
    Nuns are accused of abducting and converting children, but they regain custody after accusations are shown to be false. Sangh Parivar, which accuses them of “child trafficking,” plans a demonstration against the nuns for tomorrow. Insecurity spreads to the state of Karnataka where three Pentecostal churches are shut down despite having all the right papers.

    27/12/2007 INDIA
    Orissa: fundamentalists attack Mother Teresa’s missionaries over night
    Sisters and their priest have to flee into the forest. Curfew remains in place. VHP celebrates the return to Hinduism of 187 people. A rally against the violence is set for today in New Delhi.



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