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Peace Bridge to honor Blessed Mother Teresa
Peace Bridge to honor Blessed Mother Teresa

A well-known international landmark will be aglow on the evening of August 26 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Mother Teresa.

The Peace Bridge, which spans the Niagara River between Buffalo and Fort Erie, will be illuminated in blue and white, the colors of Blessed Mother Teresa’s order of women religious, the Missionaries of Charity.

Blessed Mother Teresa traveled the world, helping the poorest of the poor. During her lifetime, she brought her message of love and compassion for the destitute to Ontario and Western New York. The sisters of her order continue to minister where there is the most need. They are in Canada, the United States, and around the world, working in homes for the dying, in orphanages, and in hospitals.

The Vatican is currently considering Blessed Mother Teresa for sainthood.

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, bishop of Buffalo, and Monsignor Wayne Kirkpatrick, administrator of the Diocese of St. Catharines, submitted a joint request to the Peace Bridge Authority.

"This is a beautiful tribute to Blessed Mother Teresa,” Bishop Kmiec said. “Her missionary spirit lives on through the countless lives she touched, and I am grateful that this unique structure will pay tribute to her on this special occasion. This is symbolic in that Blessed Mother Teresa’s light continues to shine around the world.”

"The lighting of the Peace Bridge is most appropriate,” Msgr. Kirkpatrick said. “Blessed Mother Teresa was truly a child of the light whose life was a shining example of Christ our Light reaching out to people everywhere promoting love and peace in our world. The lighting of this bridge which spans two dioceses and two countries, symbolizes her light reaching out across the great chasm to all people.”

Launched on May 13, 2009, the state-of-the-art lighting system is controlled by sophisticated computer software that possesses unlimited color options, timings and themes, allowing for the Peace Bridge to offer unique and captivating lighting at the push of a button. Such lighting options include special color themes for various American and Canadian national holidays, Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres home games, as well as specific dates like Halloween and Domestic Violence Awareness day.

The system operates daily from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. and from 5 a.m. through 6 a.m.


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