Pope recalls witness of charity of Mother Teresa
Pope John Paul II has recalled the witness of charity and solidarity of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, on occasion of the celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the foundation of the Missionaries of Charity.
    In a message sent to Sr Nirmala Joshi, Superior General of the Missionaries of Charity, and made public on Wednesday the Pope encouraged the members of this congregation to give thanks to God for a spiritual family that has become "an abundant stream of grace within the Church".
    "With cherished memories of the beloved Mother Teresa", the Holy Father said, "I commend all the members of the Missionaries of Charity Family to the maternal protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: may the Mother of the Redeemer enkindle in each of you a renewed desire for holiness, a keener thirst for Jesus, a deeper love for your vocation, and a more ardent desire to love and serve the Lord in the poorest of the poor.
    "Invoking upon you the rich graces of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000," he continued, "I gladly impart my Apostolic Blessing to all of you and to those who assist you in 'doing something beautiful for God'".