Pope encourages Mother Teresa nuns to follow her example
Pope John Paul II has urged the Missionaries of Charity to model their lives on the founder of their order, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, discovering and serving Christ in the poor.
"You are her spiritual heirs, her beloved children," the pope told the sisters holding their general chapter meeting in Calcutta, India, in late February.
The meeting was the first general chapter the sisters have held since 1997. In March that year Sr Nirmala Joshi was elected superior general, succeeding Mother Teresa.
Mother Teresa, who died in September 1997, will be beatified by the pope on 19 October at the Vatican.
"Christian love is not simply an act of charity, it is also an encounter with Christ himself in the poor," the pope wrote in his letter, released on Saturday at the Vatican.
Catholic News Service
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26 Feb 2003