Last month, we reported on the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights’ efforts to have the Empire State Building lights shine blue and white on Aug. 26, the 100th anniversary of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s birth (Our Take, May 30).
So far, Anthony Malkin, the building’s owner, has rebuffed the Catholic League’s request, alleging that the building’s officials have a policy that forbids requests for religious figures or religious organizations. (This, despite the fact that, as the Catholic League points out, the building was lit up in honor of the Salesian Sisters in April 2009.)
Catholic League President Bill Donohue continues to organize a demonstration in front of the New York City landmark to protest the snub. Meanwhile, other organizations in the Big Apple are stepping up to remember the holy woman from Calcutta. The City Council plans a day of service to honor Mother Teresa, for example. And, while it may not be as impressive as having a 102-floor building decked out in the colors of her order, the 14-story Hutchinson Metro Center in the Bronx — where, by the way, the Missionaries of Charity have a convent — will be illuminated in blue and white on Aug. 26.