Sister Nirmala, the successor of Mother Teresa passes away

Mother Teresa’s successor Sister Nirmala is dead 
Kolkata, (IANS) : Sister Nirmala, who succeeded Mother Teresa as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, died here on Tuesday, sources at the catholic religious order’s global headquarters Mother House said. She was 81.

Nirmala became the second head of the Missionaries of Charity after its head Mother Teresa stepped down from the post in March, 1997.

Nirmala held the post till March 24, 2009, when she was succeeded by Sister Prema.

“She was sick for quite some time. She passed away at 12.05 a.m. today (Tuesday) at the convent where she used to stay in Sealdah,” a source at the Mother House said.

Sister Nirmala was given India’s second highest civilian order Padma Vibhushan in 2009 for her services to the nation.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled Sister Nirmala’s death.

“Saddened at the passing of Sister Nirmala who headed Missionaries of Charity after Mother Teresa. Kolkata and the world will miss her,” she posted on Twitter.

Kolkata, (PTI): Sr. Nirmala Joshi, who served as the superior general of the Missionaries of Charity succeeding Mother Teresa, passed away on Tuesday in Kolkata. She was 81.

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Sr. Nirmala was born in a Hindu family in Ranchi. She later converted into a Christian. She joined the Missionaries of Charity after her post graduation and served as a missionary in Panama for several years. She was elected as the superior general of the order in 1997, six months before Mother Teresa died.

She declined a third term as the head of Missionaries of Charity in 2009 citing health issues.A Missionaries of Charity official said Sister Nirmala was not keeping well for the past few days and her health was gradually deteriorating. Her body would be brought to Mother House tomorrow morning and the funeral will be held at 4 PM. “Any one who wants to pay respect can come to Mother House tomorrow”, the official said.

PM Modi tweeted “Sister Nirmala’s life was devoted to service, caring for the poor & underprivileged. Saddened by her demise. May her soul rest in peace.”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also tweeted ” Saddened at the passing of Sister Nirmala who headed Missionaries of Charity after Mother Teresa. Kolkata and the world will miss her.”

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