.- TÃ©lÃ© LumiÃ¨re and Noursat, the only Catholic television and satellite network broadcast from the Middle East, has announced it will air a series of celebrations to honor Blessed Mother Teresaâs 100th birthday. A highlight of its coverage will be the installation of a nearly 10-foot-tall statue of the woman devoted to charity.
The statue will be erected in Sed El Bouchrieh, a city in the Fanar region of Lebanon, where the first Missionaries of Charity convent was established. Since 1979, Mother Teresaâs religious order has had a center in Fanar and another in Becharre.
In 1982 Mother Teresa visited Lebanon and transferred to safety about 50 orphans and disabled people who had been trapped by Israeli bombing.
The Fanar center hosts orphans or children rejected by their families because of their handicaps. It also hosts abandoned women who have no children to care for them.
The statue to be installed is close to 10 feet in height and stands on a on a 6.5-foot high platform. It shows Mother Teresa with a âcomforting tender smileâ and a âbright healing look,â TÃ©lÃ© LumiÃ¨re and Noursat reports.
Its creator is artist George Aoun, while Armenian engineer Sarkis Ohanian coated the work with bronze.
TÃ©lÃ© LumiÃ¨re and Noursat is preparing a âmajestic, official diplomatic and popular festivalâ for the occasion. The program will air at 6 p.m. Beirut time on Aug. 26.
The Maronite Archbishop of Beirut Boulos Matar will celebrate a Mass for the event in St. Takla Church. There will be a procession to the statueâs platform, with participants chanting and singing hymns.
TÃ©lÃ© LumiÃ¨re and Noursat has produced and broadcast several programs about Mother Teresa, including a documentary filmed in Calcutta. For three months it has aired a daily program titled âThe Essence of Calcutta.â
âThe station considers this as a small recognition from, and a testimony to the ways she touched the lives of the people, all the sisters for all the love, faith and care of all those who are in need, and for being a true example of Jesusâ love,â the broadcaster explained.