DEATH OF MOTHER TERESA OF CALCUTTA
STATEMENT BY CARDINAL SEAN BRADY
ARCHBISHOP OF ARMAGH
6 September, 1997
I am saddened to learn the news of the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The Missionaries of Charity have lost a beloved mother, the world has lost an inspirational figure, and the little ones, the weak and the shunned, have lost a faithful servant and fearless champion.
Mother Teresa personified the words of Jesus – Blessed are the Merciful. Her mercy was one that went to meet the needs of others. She was consistent in her respect for and protection of human life at every moment of its existence.
When I last met her in July, her concern was, as usual, for something other than herself and her illness. She was planning and praying that the Missionaries of Charity might be admitted to China, a project that was especially dear to her heart. With Mother Teresa God’s plans always came first.
In Armagh last year she told listeners that real loving and understanding give peace and joy. May the example of her life – so rich in faith and love – continue to inspire people to work for lasting peace and joy.