Sister Nirmala, former head of Mother Teresa's charity dies

2015-06-23 09:43
Sister Nirmala. (File: AFP)

Sister Nirmala. (File: AFP)

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New Delhi - Sister Nirmala, who succeeded Mother Teresa as the head of the Missionaries of Charity, died early Tuesday. She was 80.

The nun passed away shortly after midnight in Kolkata and the funeral will be held on Wednesday, the order's spokesperson Sister Christie said.

Charity officials told broadcaster NDTV that Sister Nirmala had not been well for the past few days and her health was gradually deteriorating.

Born Nirmala Joshi in the eastern state of Bihar in 1934, she converted from Hinduism to Christianity and later joined the Missionaries of Charity.

She headed the order from Mother Teresa's death in 1997 until 2009, when German-born Sister Mary Prema was elected head of the congregation.

"Sister Nirmala's life was devoted to service, caring for the poor and underprivileged," Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter.

"May her soul rest in peace."

Albania-born Mother Teresa lived and worked in Kolkata for more than 45 years ministering to the sick, dying and orphans. She founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Kolkata in 2003.

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