Peace Bridge to be lit to honor Mother Teresa

It seems wholly appropriate for a public structure named in honor of peace to be illuminated in Mother Teresa's honor.

"But another iconic structure -- the Peace Bridge -- will be aglow in blue and white lights on Aug. 26 in honor of the renowned Catholic nun, who died in 1997 and is now under consideration for sainthood.

The Peace Bridge operator said it has no restriction against lighting the bridge in Mother Teresa's honor and was agreeing to a joint request from the Catholic dioceses of Buffalo and St. Catharines, Ont."

"The fracas in the Big Apple led to a joint request by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Buffalo diocese and Monsignor Wayne Kirkpatrick of the St. Catharines diocese for the lighting of the Peace Bridge, which spans the Niagara River connecting Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ont.

The request "seemed fitting," given that Mother Teresa was "certainly a woman of peace," said Kevin A. Keenan, spokesman for the Buffalo Diocese."

This effort stands is sharp juxtaposition to the warship, USS Intrepid, docked on the Hudson River in New York City, which plans to "honor" Mother Teresa later this month. In a odd twist, Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., applauded the U.S.S. Intrepid's effort in his essay in the diocesan monthly paper. The massive warship serves as a museum.

Truth is stranger than fiction.

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