DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     August 27-29, 1999     vol. 10, no. 162

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MOTHER TERESA'S LOVE REFLECTED IN 100 PHOTOGRAPHS

Exhibition at Communion and Liberation Annual Meeting

        RIMINI (ITALY), AUG 25 (ZENIT).- "Mother Teresa: Unbounded Love," is the theme of the photographic exhibition that the meeting of Friendship Among Peoples, organized by the Communion and Liberation movement, has dedicated to the woman who consecrated her life totally to the poor and the sick. The meeting is being held in the Italian port of Rimini.

        The author of the 100 photographs is a Japanese photographer who met Mother Teresa in 1975. Some of the pictures depict raw suffering, although there are some full of tenderness and hope.

        The photographer himself told the story of his friendship with the Albanian religious. "Mother came in and sat in front of me, a small old woman, with a smiling face lined by deep wrinkles. After giving Mother my letter of introduction from Archbishop Shiro Ainashi of Tokyo, I explained my motives. The year before, I had been profoundly moved by my visit to the house of the poor and the dying. I would like to document the humanitarian activities in pictures to show them to the Japanese."

        In a subdued voice, Mother answered: "I do not know what you mean by humanitarian activities. I am neither a social worker nor a philanthropist. I do what I do only for Christ. If I was a social worker or a philanthropist, I would not have left my happy home, or my parents. I have given my soul to God, therefore, what I do is not humanitarian, it is far simpler."

        The meeting, inspired by the present new ecclesial moment, is being held from August 22-28. Some 500,000 people are participating in conferences, concerts, plays, exhibitions, and festivals, among other activities.

        Communion and Liberation is present in 70 countries. In Italy alone, where it was founded by Archbishop Luigi Giussani, it has 100,000 members, mostly young people. ZE99082505


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August 27-29, 1999       volume 10, no. 162
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