NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The Empire State Building wouldn’t do it, but Brooklyn Borough Hall has no problems honoring Mother Teresa.

For the next six nights, Brooklyn Borough Hall will be illuminated in blue and white — the colors of Mother Teresa’s habit and sari — to pay tribute to the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who spent many years ministering to orphans and the poor in India.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was one of several city officials to speak out against the Empire State Building’s June decision not to honor the Catholic nun and humanitarian with a similar light scheme.

“I’ve listened to their arguments, and they have a right to their arguments for sure, but she is more than just a religious figure. She really stood, in my opinion, for the best of humanity, Markowitz told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.

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Markowitz attended Wednesday night’s lighting ceremony a day before what would have been Mother Teresa’s 100th birthday and said the borough was proud to honor her.

“We always have to correct everyone else and we’ll do it right in Brooklyn. Period,” Markowitz said.

Comments (10)
  1. Cindy says:

    The good ones are always overlooked, but what is more important is how God sees us for God sees the soul and men only see the superficial.
    May God bless and have Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa) in His Glory. AMEN!

  2. Will says:

    Let’s not forget that Mother Theresa cured a woman of a cancerous tumor, even though her physician says that she didn’t have a cancerous tumor in the first place and that the tubercular cyst she did have was cured by a course of prescription medicine.

    Oh, and according to Mother Theresa, “suffering is a gift from God.” Awe-some. That’s my kind of god!

    And she was opposed to the empowerment of women. Seems to me that a good way OUT of poverty is to empower people, but whatever.

    Let’s fire up the Empire State Building in her honor.

  3. Arnala.S.S. says:

    I am very happy to see that our Bharat Ratna(crown Jewel of Bharat(India) is honoured in Brooklyn with lights

  4. Kevin says:

    Happy birthday to Mother Teresa & thank you to Marty Markowitz.

  5. Fran says:

    I have chosen to light up blue and white lights on my front porch in Mother Teresa’s honor and what she stood for. I live in St. Rose, Louisiana and I ask you to join me in what I hope will become a yearly tradition. Mother Teresa Pray for Us!

    1. Emmy says:

      Good for you.

  6. Manny says:

    And what is wrong with honoring a great humanitarian with the lights on their building? Their act sends a message about their beliefs. Perhaps they will light the building to celebrate Pol Pot’s b-day…..

  7. Jim says:

    WOW, The company that runs the Empire State building woiuld not honor Mother Teresa but they did honor Communist China with special lighting on it’s anniversary. Something is very wrong here.

  8. Merwyn says:

    Really good deed by you Mayor Markowitz. You will be blessed.

    Let Empire State honor the terrorists by opening a mosque like the one at Ground Zero. Shame on you

  9. Mike says:

    Mother Teresa was one of the very very few who cared about the poor and the orphans in India
    May she be eternally blessed

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