Photo exhibition for Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday held in Hiroshima

by Sakiko Masuda, Staff Writer

A photo exhibition to commemorate the 100th birthday of Mother Teresa (1910-1997), a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who worked tirelessly to help the poor and weak of India, opened on July 1 at Hiroshima City Plaza for Town Development through Citizen Exchange, a center for citizens' activities located in downtown Hiroshima. The exhibition will run through July 10.

The 25 photos that make up the exhibition were mainly taken by Hiroshi Katayanagi, 39, the curate of the Catholic Rokko in Kobe, who worked with Mother Teresa in her later years at the Home of the Pure Heart (Nirmal Hriday), a free hospice for the poor that she had founded. Mr. Katayanagi spent a year with Mother Teresa, from 1994, and hopes visitors will come to the exhibition to see her living spirit through his photos.

The exhibition was organized by the planning committee for the Mother Teresa Film Festival, Hiroshima office, chaired by Taiji Hajime. The film festival will be held at Salon Cinema, a Hiroshima movie theater, from August 21 to September 3. On September 5, a gathering to remember Mother Teresa will be held at the Memorial Cathedral for World Peace.

(Originally published on July 2, 2010)