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Mother Teresa’s successor dies at age 81

Mother Teresa’s successor dies at age 81

The New York Times and other media outlets have announced the passing of Sister Nirmala Joshi, who became head of the Missionaries of Charity in 1997, appointed six months before Mother Teresa’s death.

“I never try to fill her shoes,” Sister Nirmala said in an interview in 1998. “I have to wear my own small shoes. I don’t have to be Mother Teresa, just Sister Nirmala, and being Sister Nirmala isn’t so difficult. If I had to be Mother Teresa, I would have collapsed.”

She continued as leader of the order until 2009.

From the Wall Street Journal:

A Hindu Brahmin who converted to Catholicism, Sister Nirmala led work to help the poor in India and elsewhere. The Missionaries of Charity cares for the sick and destitute in more than 130 countries. It runs soup kitchens, AIDS hospices, leprosy centers and homes for women and orphaned children.

Posted by Cara Ellen Modisett

 

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