New York City, N.Y., Jun 13, 2010 / 15:49 pm
Other activities to honor Mother Teresa in New York City are being planned after the Empire State Building operators said they would not light the building in the blue and white of the Missionaries of Charity on the religious sister’s 100th birthday. The Catholic League continues to question the consistency of the policy and plans a protest.
The Catholic League had asked the Empire State Building’s management to light the building on August 26, but the request was declined.
According to a statement on the building’s website, its guidelines do not accommodate requests for “religious figures” or requests by “religions and religious organizations.” It claimed all organizations agree to these guidelines upon submitting a lighting request.
The official Empire State Building Lighting Partner program was established in August 2006 after prior management was replaced.