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Great Seal Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright
Statement on the "Death of Mother Teresa"
Washington, D.C., September 6, 1997
As released by the Office of the Spokesman
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We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mother Teresa, who was known throughout the world for her work on behalf of the poor, the sick and dying and others in need of help. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity have brightened the lives of countless children and disadvantaged people in Calcutta and throughout the world. She was a great humanitarian and an example of sacrifice and service to us all.
Mother Teresa was respected and revered by the American people. In 1985 she was awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom. Congress bestowed on her honorary U.S. citizenship last year.
We can all be consoled by the fact that the institutions Mother Teresa created will continue as a lasting, living monument to her life.

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