Excerpt from the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
"I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared-for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone."
September 5, 1997 at: 3:05 p.m. EDT (1905 GMT) CALCUTTA, India (CNN) -- The legendary nun Mother Teresa has died at age 87. She reportedly died of cardiac arrest in her relgious order's headquarters in eastern India, Friday. The spokeswoman for Missionaries of Charity said the Roman Catholic nun died at 9:30 p.m.
Pope deeply moved by Mother Teresa's death: "The Pope was deeply hurt because he was very close to this sister who dedicated her life to helping people in the world who were the poorest, the most neglected and the abandoned," deputy Vatican spokesman Father Ciro Benedettini said. He added that the Pope would say a mass on Saturday for the repose of Mother Teresa at his private residence in Castelgandolfo, a hillside town close to Rome where he is currently staying."The Pope believes she is a woman who has left her mark on the history of this century," Benedettini said. "She was a glowing example of how the love of God can be transformed into love of one's neighbour."
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