The Empire State Building authorities in New York have allegedly denied Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta the honor of having her colors of blue and white shine from the building’s tower on August 26, the day the U.S. Postal Service is commemorating the 100th anniversary of her birth, reports U.S. Catholic League president Bill Donohue.
“It is ironic Empire State Building, owned by Anthony Malkin, had no problem honoring the Communist Chinese revolution on its 60th anniversary last year, even though 77 million innocent persons were murdered under Mao Zedong,” commented Mr. Donohue.
Mother Teresa received 124 awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Medal of Freedom. She built hundreds of orphanages, hospitals, hospices, health clinics, homeless shelters, youth shelters and soup kitchens all over the world, and is revered in India for her work. She created the first hospice in Greenwich Village for AIDS patients. Not surprisingly, she was voted the most admired woman in the world three years in a row in the mid-1990s.
Meanwhile, Mr Donohue has announced the start of a worldwide campaign protesting the decision by Empire State building officials.
“I am writing to the leaders of the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation of nuns founded by Mother Teresa, asking them to join with us in this campaign. It is the first of many such campaigns that will run through the summer, if necessary. Religious leaders, including those well beyond the Catholic community, will be asked to join with us; we will do the same with secular leaders,” added Donohue stating his strategy, 14 May.
Mr Donohue is expected to contact the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, Rome, Paris, London, Toronto, San Francisco, Dallas and the Bronx by 17 May.
In the mean time, Daniel Hernandez, a PR specialist hired by the Empire State Building, when asked by Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, an investigative journalist reporting for Fox News, about the decision to stiff Mother Teresa, he repeatedly said “there is no issue here” and he continued by saying he has been directed not to comment.
When the reporter insisted on a rational explanation why Empire State Building won’t honor the saintly nun, Hernandez parroted, “I’m only telling you what I’ve been directed to say.”
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