Bronx Office Building to Step in for Mother Teresa

Monday, Jun 14, 2010  |  Updated 7:00 AM EDT
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Catholic groups are glowing mad that the building won't illuminate for the centennial of the late Nobel Peace Prize winner's birth.

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A 14-story office complex in New York City will do what the 102-story Empire State Building would not: honor Mother Teresa on what would have been her 100th birthday.

City Councilman James Vacca says the Hutchinson Metro Center in the Bronx will be illuminated on Aug. 26 in blue and white, the colors of Mother Teresa's order. The lights will be visible to motorists along the Hutchinson River Parkway.

Last week, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn also called for a day of service to honor the late Nobel Prize winner. She also asked New Yorkers to put battery-operated lights in their windows on Aug. 26.

Empire State Building's owner, Anthony Malkin, has declined to light up the iconic skyscraper, citing a policy of not honoring religious figures.

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