Oct 20, 2003 - 12:00 am .- All of the church bells in Calcutta rang yesterday afternoon to announce and celebrate the beatification of their beloved and Blessed Mother Teresa. The native Albanian sister and foundress of the Missionaries of Charity, was beatified by Pope John Paul II yesterday in Rome, and about 2.5 million Catholics in India celebrated with thanksgiving masses, interfaith prayer services, musicals and film screenings.
Oct 20, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The 20th Mother Teresa Award was conferred to a woman who is an educator, women's rights advocate, diplomat, civic leader, and promoter of Philippine arts and culture. Helena Zoila Benitez received the honor at the recent award ceremonies, where she was described as "a versatile, well-rounded person and modern-day Renaissance lady" who "sees no bounds or limits when it comes to helping the poor," reported the Inquirer News Service.
Oct 20, 2003 - 12:00 am .- The woman whose illness was cured through the intercession of Mother Teresa said she is the instrument God chose to show the enormous healing power of the sister renowned the world over for serving the poorest of the poor.
Oct 20, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Mother Teresa’s entire existence was a "hymn to life" that reminds us that being Christian means being witnesses of charity, Pope John Paul II told members of Mother Teresa’s congregation in a private audience today. "To her, I was bound with a great regard and sincere affection.