“I would have been afraid to have had her as my superior, since she was so tough,” - Pope Francis

Pope Francis recalled during his trip to Albania in September 2014, he said he’d once met Mother Teresa in 1994 during a synod of bishops at the Vatican.

Inés San Martín
March 15, 2016
VATICAN CORRESPONDENT

”…I know that I join countless others across the world in giving thanks to God for the many contributions Mother Teresa has made to the Church and to the human family. Mother Teresa spent her life with the Lord, especially serving Him in the poor. She must be especially happy to meet Him now face to face. Her life’s work is assured through her sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, to whom I offer my deepest sympathy – especially to the sisters who serve St. Malachy Parish on Chicago’s West Side. The simplicity of her lifestyle and the singlemindness of her dedication will serve as an example for generations to come. Believing in the power of God’s grace which transformed her life, each of us –relying on the same grace—can do what she has done.” - Archbishop Francis George, OMI, Archdiocese of Chicago

“We are here to grieve the loss of a precious jewel, a glorious crown and a golden heart in the Church.” - Jaime Cardinal Sin, of the Philippines, at a Saturday evening Mass for Mother Teresa

“All the life of this great woman was the bright incarnation of service to the high humanitarian ideals of goodness, compassion, selflessness and faith. Mother Teresa will always remain in the hearts and minds of Russians as a friend of our country, ready to render help at any moment.” - Russian President, Boris Yeltsin

Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, Yonkers, NY re-counted his first meeting with Mother Teresa in New York. Fr. Andrew has given retreats for the Missionaries of Charity contemplative sisters in the South Bronx on several occasions. On our first meeting, Mother Teresa gave me a rosary and commented that “the Blessed Mother is all over the world bringing people to Her Son.” She told me a story stating, “whenever I need a special favor, I do an Express Novena. An Express Novena is 9 Memorares in a row. In 1983, one of our Superior sisters had gotten sick in Eastern Berlin, and Mother Teresa had to appoint a replacement that could handle the Communist government. The sister that they appointed as the successor for Eastern Berlin needed a Visa. Mother Teresa gathered her nuns and started praying the Express Novena (9 Memorare’s). On the 8th Memorare, the phone rang, it was a Communist official stating that it would be 6 months until they would receive the Visa. After the 9th prayer, Mother Teresa started the novena again. On the 8th Memorare the second time, the telephone rang this time, it was a Communist official who stated you will have your Visa immediately!” Mother Teresa had a tremendous love for Our Lady. She had great courage and once stated to me that “I never refused God anything”.

“When she walked into the room to greet me, I felt that I was indeed meeting a saint.” - Evangelist, Billy Graham

“In an age when superlatives are used with abandon to describe the contributions of public figures, it is a testimony to Mother Teresa’s greatness that no same person would give her the status as the world’s most giving human being. But perhaps most of all, she will be remembered as someone who never sought the honor she so sincerely earned.” - William Donohue, Catholic League President