Saintly life

Sister Nirmala, Mother Teresa’s successor, dies at 81

Sister Nirmala Joshi (R). REUTERS/Deshakalayan Chowdhury/Pool

Sister Nirmala Joshi, the successor of Nobel laureate Mother Teresa as the head of Missionaries of Charity, who expanded the movement overseas, died in Kolkata on Tuesday. She was 81. Sister Nirmala took over the Missionaries of Charity following Mother Teresa’s death in 1997 and served for 12 years in that post, expanding the organization’s reach to 134 countries, opening centers in countries like Afghanistan, Israel and Thailand. She stepped down in 2009 because of poor health. She was suffering from a heart ailment that had hospitalized her for some time, but she was at home when she passed away. “She breathed her last peacefully,” Archbishop Father Thomas D’Souza reportedly said. “She was a great soul.” Her death brought an outpouring of mourning on social media from government officials in India, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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