Thousands of people from all walks of life on Thursday paid homage to Mother Teresa on her 16th death anniversary with special prayers and masses in the eastern metropolis.
Nuns of Missionaries of Charity, the Catholic Order founded by Mother Teresa to help the poorest of the poor, the infirm and the dying, held special prayers at their global headquarters Mother House.
Devotees thronged the central Kolkata building since dawn to offer floral tributes and prayers at Mother Teresa’s grave. People sang hymns in memory of Mother Teresa, who died on September 5, 1997.
A big mass was held at the St Xavier’s College campus in the afternoon, where a large number of priests participated. Remembrance programmes were held at various schools.
Mother Teresa - born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, Aug 26, 1910 - made Kolkata her home for 68 years since 1929.
Honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, Mother Teresa was beatified on October 19, 2003.