MOTHER TERESA

MANILA, OCTOBER 18, 2003  (STAR) AT 3:00 A.M.By James B. Reuter, S.J.  - Tomorrow, Sunday, October 19, John Paul II will beatify Mother Teresa, in the Vatican, only six years after her death!

The ceremony will take place at nine in the morning, Roman time. But the Philippines is seven hours ahead of Rome, by the international time belts, so it will come to us — live, by satellite television — from 4:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

The entire ceremony will be televised, live, while it is actually happening in Rome, over the Associated Broadcasting Corporation — Channel 5 in Manila. It will be seen and heard, simultaneously, over 14 other outlets of ABC:

ABC- 2 LAOAG

ABC- 28 BAGUIO

ABC- 5 NAGA

ABC- 6 LEGAZPI

ABC- 11 SORSOGON

ABC- 32 BACOLOD

ABC- 21 CEBU

ABC- 8 SURIGAO DEL SUR

ABC- 13 BUTUAN

ABC- 10 AGUSAN DEL SUR

ABC- 21 CAGAYAN DE ORO

ABC- 2 DAVAO

ABC- 29 ZAMBOANGA

ABC- 12 GENERAL SANTOS

ABC is affiliated with 32 Cable Stations in Luzon, 14 in the Visayas, and 14 in Mindanao.

For those who are unable to watch the telecast live, from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm on Sunday afternoon, it will be carried as a delayed broadcast over the National Broadcasting Network, Channel 4 in Manila, from 9:00 pm to 11:30 p.m. on Sunday evening.

NBN has 20 other outlets, all over the nation:

NBN-11 CEBU

NBN-11 DAVAO

NBN-7 ZAMBOANGA

NBN-11 PAGADIAN

NBN-11 DIPOLOG

NBN-8 COTABATO

NBN-8 TACLOBAN

NBN-2 GUIMARAS

NBN-10 DUMAGUETE

NBN-12 CALBAYOG

NBN-4 PUERTO PRINCESA

NBN-8 NAGA

NBN-8 BAGUIO

NBN-11 LAOAG

NBN-4 VIGAN

NBN-2 BACOLOD AND ILOILO

NBN-4 GOA, CAMARINES SUR

NBN CATANDUANES Community TV Network

NBN-13 ROMBLON Community TV Network

NBN-2 SORSOGON Broadcasting Corporation

IBC, Channel 13 in Manila, will also televise the beatification from 9:00 pm to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 19.

ANC on Channel 21 in Sky Cable and Channel 32 in Home Cable, will air the program from 11:00 pm on Sunday, October 19, until 1:30 am of Monday, October 20.

For the night owls – we will present the whole ceremony on GMA from 12:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., on Channel 7. The first hours of Monday, October 20. If your mind, or your heart, is troubled, this beatification will bring you peace of soul. It will be a beautiful way to end a long, long day.

And if you miss the beatification live at 4:00, delayed at 9:00, and delayed again at 11:00 and 12:30 a.m., you can see and hear it, exactly as it happened in the Vatican, over RPN 9, from 1:30 pm to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 20.

His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin wrote a pastoral letter on this beatification to all the Clergy, Religious and Lay Faithful of the Archdiocese of Manila. In his letter, the Cardinal said:

"Mother Teresa led a saintly life while on earth, devoting her ministry to the least, the poor, the marginalized, the abandoned, the rejected, the sick and the dying. She personally attended to them with her generous, comforting hands, showing to them by her authentic Christian acts, the human face of Jesus. Thus it was that, even while still on earth, she was called the ‘Living Saint’.

"The Archdiocese of Manila honors this saintly woman’s beatification and gives thanks to the Lord for the gift of her life totally offered in service to God’s people, with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Manila Cathedral on October 20, 2003, at two in the afternoon.

"We request your presence at this Eucharistic Celebration. Together let us give praise and thanksgiving to God for the beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

"May the prayer of this holy woman help each one of us to become faithful to the grace we have all received."

This beatification, so soon after her death, is reminiscent of the saints of old who were canonized "by acclamation."

Her religious order of nuns – the Missionaries of Charity, the congregation she founded – is the fastest growing order of religious women in all the world. Young girls in Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, in the United States and in Europe, want with all their hearts to be like Mother Teresa, serving the poorest of the poor, serving the destitute, who have nothing to give in return.

The world is not so bad, after all.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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