Mother Teresa's love for poor is recalled Vatican official, archbishop praise her devotion

September 14, 1997

The following are excerpts from two eulogies at Mother Teresa' funeral:

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican secretary of state and Pope John Paul II's representative at Mother Teresa's funeral:

"The hour has arrived for us to say a final farewell to the late Mother Teresa. We are coming here from many corners of the world to demonstrate our affection and gratitude and render a fitting homage. From the cold bier, the unforgettable and dear mother continues to speak to us and seems to repeat the Lord's words: 'It is more blessed to give than receive.'

"Mother Teresa of Calcutta understood fully this gospel of love. She understood it with every fiber of her indomitable spirit and every ounce of energy of her frail body. She practiced it with all her heart and through the daily toil of her hands, crossing the frontiers of religious and ethnic differences she has taught the world this lesson -- it is more blessed to give than to receive."

"The beggar, the leper, the victim of AIDS, do not need discussions and theories -- they need love."

Archbishop Henry D'Souza of Calcutta:

"To the dying and the suffering, she brought her tender compassion, washing their wounds, easing their pain. And one of them said so touchingly, 'Mother, so long I have lived as an animal, now I am dying as an angel.' She had restored to him human dignity and worth.

"She reached to lonely people. Mother Teresa understood the hunger of these human hearts about whom she would say, 'The greatest poverty is to feel unwanted and unloved.' And this poverty was to be found everywhere, even in the affluent countries."

Pub Date: 9/14/97

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