POPE RECALLS WITNESS OF CHARITY OF MOTHER TERESA OF
| Vatican City, 6 (NE) Commemorating the third anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa of
Calcutta, Pope John Paul II received yesterday 7,000 Missionaries of Charity, parents and children
of adoptive families and friends and collaborators of Mother Teresa's work, who are in Rome
celebrating the Jubilee. In recalling this "singular daughter of the Church, who spent herself entirely
for charity," the Pope stressed that Mother Teresa "was filled with Christ and thus looked at
everyone with the eyes and heart of Christ... She never tired of 'adopting' her poor as children. Her
love was concrete, diligent; it pushed her to go where few had the courage to go, where misery was
so great that it filled people with fear."
During his address, the Holy Father, highlighting Mother
Teresa's "spiritual maternity," spoke of her movement for adoptions, adding that "adopting a child is
a great work of love." In closing, Pope John Paul said that "Mother Teresa echoed, in a certain
sense, Christ's words, 'Allow the children to come unto me,' when she told mothers who were
tempted by abortion: 'Bring your children to me'."