“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

“Mother Teresa imitated Christ and her life was a lesson in love. As she personally tended the sick and the dying in Calcutta’s slums, she helped people there and beyond see the material and spiritual poverty that confronts modern society. She taught all—from youth groups to governments—through piety and charm, wisdom and simplicity. As small and soft-spoken as she was, her reach was large and her message heard around the world. She saw Jesus in everyone—from the child in the womb, to the sick and vulnerable, especially those afflicted with AIDS, to the aged and dying abandoned in the streets of Calcutta. She urged people everywhere to reach beyond themselves to heal those hurting about them. Mother Teresa transcended cultures and politics as she spoke of God’s call to love and assist the poor. She had a profound realization that anyone she was with—immigrant, alien, president or prime minister, was first of all a Child of God and intrinsically worthy of respect. Her life will stand as a reminder to all of us that we are called to care for one another and especially that we are called to respect and aid the poorest among us. God blesses the world with wonderful treasures—certainly Mother Teresa has been one of the finest of our century.” - Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference

“Mother Teresa’s life proved that the only real revolution in human affairs flows from service to others and self-sacrifice out of love for Jesus Christ. She was a champion of the unwanted, from the outcast of Calcutta to the unwanted unborn of America. She was the genius of the little way of doing great things. Above all, she was in every sense a woman of the Gospel: strong in forgiving, tender to the poor, in love with Jesus Christ, and a servant of His Church. May God welcome her into eternal light and joy, and may the work of her sisters here in Colorado and around the world thrive on the legacy of mercy and Christian love she leaves with us.” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Archdiocese of Denver

“An example of selfless devotion to charity. I hope she can be a good example to all charity workers and philanthropists.” - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

“A rare and unique individual who lived long for higher purposes. Her life-long devotion to the care of the poor, the sick and the disadvantaged was one of the highest examples of service to humanity.” - Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan

The Chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize panel, Francis Sejersted, said Mother Teresa stood out “as an example of true self-sacrifice in humanitarian work.” She was awarded the prize in 1979.

In a memorial Mass celebrating the life of Mother Teresa at St. Patrick Cathedral in New York on Monday, Cardinal John O’Connor spoke of the life of this devote nun who gave her life “fighting for the weakest of the weak, the poorest of the poor.” On ministering to the poor Mother Teresa wrote, “Without suffering, our work would just be social work.” O’Connor added, “Only by being one with them can we redeem them.” Rudolph Giuliani, former Mayor of NYC, shared with Mass attendees his thanks “for having had Mother Teresa among us.” On a lighter note, Mayor Giuliani commented that he and former Mayor Ed Koch never said no when Mother Teresa asked the city [New York] for help. “We knew she knew better than us what’s good for our people,” Giuliani said. “If she wanted parking spaces, we gave her parking spaces.”