New York City’s Empire State Building said “yes” to Mariah Carey, dog shows, cancer charities — and even the 60th anniversary of communist China.
But the landmark skyscraper’s owners have declined to illuminate it in honour of the late Mother Teresa.
“They’re bigots! They have an animus against Catholics!” Catholic League President Bill Donohue told AP. He said his lay advocacy group requested that the building glow on August 26 for the centennial of the late Nobel Peace Prize winner’s birth. The request was denied in an unsigned, faxed letter, Donohue said, “and they never gave an explanation.” He said Empire State Building officials were “stonewalling” not only the Catholic League, but also the media and members of New York’s City Council.
In New York, Mother Teresa helped open a pioneering hospice for AIDS patients in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.