Sister Nirmala Joshi, successor to Blessed Teresa, dies at 81

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June 23, 2015

Missionaries of Charity sisters gather around the body of Sister Nirmala Joshi, 80, inside a church in Kolkata, India, June 23. Sister Nirmala succeeded Blessed Mother Teresa, a Novel laureate, as the head of the Missionaries of Charity and expanded the movement overseas. (CNS photo/Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters)

Missionaries of Charity sisters gather around the body of Sister Nirmala Joshi, 80, inside a church in Kolkata, India, June 23. Sister Nirmala succeeded Blessed Mother Teresa, a Novel laureate, as the head of the Missionaries of Charity and expanded the movement overseas. (CNS photo/Rupak De Chowdhuri, Reuters)

KOLKATA, India (CNS) — Sister Nirmala Joshi, who succeeded Blessed Teresa of Kolkata as superior general of the Missionaries of Charity and led the order for 12 years until retiring in 2009, died early June 23 in Kolkota at age 81.

Church and political leaders paid tribute to Sister Nirmala for her devotion to serving poor, sick and hungry people.

“She indeed carried forward the legacy of Mother Teresa, a legacy of love and service to the poorest of the poor through her nuns all around the world,” said Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Kolkata, where the order’s global headquarters is based.

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