Photo exhibition on Mother Teresa opens in Japan

Event at Jesuit-run Sophia University aims to inspire people to play a healing role regardless of ethnicity or religion
Photo exhibition on Mother Teresa opens in Japan

In this 1997 file photo, Japanese women sign a condolence book at the Indian embassy in Tokyo to express their sorrow at the death of Mother Teresa, who died on Sept 5, 1997 of a heart attack in Calcutta, India. A photographic exhibition has opened at Sophia University in Tokyo depicting the life of the saint. (Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP)

November 30, 2017
 A photo exhibition depicting the life of St. Mother Teresa has opened in Tokyo, in Japan.

The exhibition at the Jesuit-run Sophia University aims to inspire people to be like the late Missionaries of Charity nun and play a healing role regardless of ethnicity or religion.

Mother Teresa had a vision of “a society for tolerance, understanding, mutual respect and solidarity without distinguishing social, ethnic, cultural and religious affiliations,” Macedonian ambassador to Japan Andrijana Cvetkovik said at the opening ceremony at the university on Nov. 28.

Co-organized by the Macedonian embassy in Tokyo, the exhibition, titled “Mother Teresa – Saint from Skopje, Saint of the World,” presents about 50 photos mainly from the Memorial House of Mother Teresa in the Macedonian capital Skopj.

The museum, which opened in 2009, lies on the site of the Catholic church where Mother Teresa was baptized.

Photos on show include several depicting her school and church life as a young girl and a picture showing the 18-year-old Agnes Gonxha the day before she went to Ireland to join the Sisters of Loreto.

Also on show are pictures of her activities in India to help poor people, her holding her Nobel Peace Prize certificate in 1979; and meetings with international figures ranging from Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

She visited Japan several times in the 1980s. On one of those trips included a visit to Sophia University.

“I hope we [the university] can revisit her message through these photos,” Yoshiaki Terumichi, the president of the university, said at the exhibition’s launch.


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