“I would have been afraid to have had her as my superior, since she was so tough,” - Pope Francis

Pope Francis recalled during his trip to Albania in September 2014, he said he’d once met Mother Teresa in 1994 during a synod of bishops at the Vatican.

Inés San Martín
March 15, 2016
VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

"This evening, there is less love, less compassion, less light in the world. She leaves us a strong message, which has no borders and which goes beyond faith: helping, listening, solidarity." - French President Jacques Chirac

"She helped the poorest of the poor, gave them courage to live and the feeling of their worth, Mother Teresa will remain unforgotten and be an example after her death." - German Chancellor Helmut Kohl

"Just over two years ago, the Archdiocese of Atlanta, and all the citizens (of Atlanta) had the rare opportunity to enjoy a visit from Mother Teresa. Today, on the occasion of her passing into eternal life, we are moved to remember the impact of those few hours she spent with us then, and how her words still resound in our hearts today. Mother’s good works will always be remembered -- everyone must know and admit that -- but more deeply still, we will remember the love that shone from within her heart -- love that was fueled by absolute dedication to Jesus Christ, His Church, and His command that we should love one another. Not long ago, she expressed once more the simple fundamental axiom of Christian life: ‘Let us keep the joy of loving in our hearts and share this joy with all we meet.’ Mother Teresa certainly lived up to these words, and by her actions, taught their meaning to the whole world. She will long remain an inspiration to those who would serve the poor, and we bless God the Father for having shared the gift of Mother’s life with us all." - Archbishop John F. Donoghue, Archdiocese of Atlanta

"She is the United Nations. She is peace in the world." - Former U.N. Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar

"This beautiful Mother Teresa has opened for mankind the portals of heaven and shown us the Heart of God. Jesus is saying to her, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father. I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me to drink. I was alone, forsaken, sick, abandon, poor, heartbroken, and desolate and you took me in. What you did to the least of these My Brethren, you did to me.’ Mother Teresa had a Mother’s heart, great and strong, and courageous enough to embrace the whole world. She will not soon be forgotten. Her reward will be great in Heaven. We pray for her and for those who follow her, that her work may go on. She has done something beautiful for God." - Sr. M. Raphael, PCPA, Our Lady Of Angels Monastary, Birmingham, Ala.

"The news of Mother Teresa’s death is sad news: we shall miss her, with her warmth of spirit, her ability to talk about God and the prayer life which brings God so close to us. We shall miss her unique witness of care for the neediest of the needy for the love of God. At the same time we give thanks to God for the wonderful memories Mother Teresa leaves us: her commitment to daily prayer, her building up of a worldwide network of religious sisters, brothers and priests who offer direct care to the suffering poor and homeless. In a special way we in Baltimore we are grateful to God for the ministry to those dying of AIDS carried out by the Missionaries of Charity in the Gift of Hope residence located here in St. Wenceslaus Parish. Several years ago in Rome I had the privilege of working closely with her for the month-long meeting of the World Synod on the Consecrated Life, which brought together Catholic Church leaders, religious women and men, and delegates from other Christian churches to discuss at length the meaning of lives consecrated to God through vows. Mother Teresa was assigned to the same English language discussion group as I, and all of us were impressed and touched by the depths of her convictions and the high spiritual quality of the insights which she shared with us. Mother Teresa leaves to all the world a legacy of faith and love and of concern for the poorest of the poor in the name of Jesus." - Cardinal Keeler, Archdiocese of Baltimore