Mother Teresa's Relics Coming to Chicago

The tour marks the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Wednesday, Jul 14, 2010  |  Updated 6:33 AM CDT
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ROME - OCTOBER 18: Portraits of Mother Teresa are shown on various souvenirs displayed in a religious shop in front of St. Peter's Square October 18, 2003 in Rome, Italy. Mother Teresa is due to be beatified by Pope John Paul II at a ceremony in Saint Peter's Square on October 19 (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

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A set of Mother Teresa's relics may inspire reverent Chicagoans to make a pilgrimage this weekend.

Items including strands of hair, drops of blood, tattered sandals, a crucifix and a rosary are headed to town as part of a hastily organized celebration of the revered nun's 100th birthday, the Chicago Catholic News reports.

The Missionaries of Charity, the order of nuns founded by the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1950, organized a Midwest tour to display the relics. They say the keepsakes "will bring Mother's presence very much to life."

According to the sisters and a pair of Roman Catholic parishes confirmed the items will be on display at St. Procopius, 1641 S. Allport St.,on Saturday and St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter on Sunday.

The sisters will also showcase the relics at their convent located at 2325 W. 24th Pl. Sunday evening.

Mother Teresa lived in Calcutta, India for decades helping the poor and sick. She died in 1997 at the age of 87 and remains one step away from sainthood.

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