Greenbelt Interfaith News

    September 5, 1997

    Mother Teresa Dies of Heart Attack

    Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Roman Catholic nun known for her work with the poor, has died at age 87. Several news services quote a spokeswoman for Mother Teresa's order, the Missionaries of Charity, as saying that the Nobel Peace Prize winner died in India of a heart attack at 9:30 p.m. Friday (local time). According to an Associated Press bulletin issued late Friday afternoon (EST), thousands of people have begun to gather outside Mother Teresa's convent in Calcutta. The Associated Press also quoted a Vatican spokesman who said that Pope John Paul II was "very deeply . . . touched" by the nun's death and immediately prayed for her. The spokesman said that the pope will celebrate a Mass on Saturday at Castel Gandolfo, his summer residence outside Rome.