WASHINGTON (September 9, 1997) -- The Administrative Committee/Board of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference unanimously passed a resolution on the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. The text of the resolution follows:
God gives each age the Christian witness it needs.
Mother Teresa is such a witness in our times.
She witnessed to the pre-eminence of spiritual values in an age sorely tempted by materialism.
Her service to the poorest of the poor and her presence among them kept their plight in the sight of a world which is often too quick and willing to forget our neediest sisters and brothers.
She spoke the truth to the powerful of this world about the respect due to life from conception to natural death and the responsibility we all have to serve our most vulnerable neighbors, whether their need arises from poverty, or age, or disease and illness such as AIDS.
She was a friend to us in the United States. A frequent and most welcome visitor, she reminded us of the needy who live within our affluent way of life and of our need to rely on God when we presume instead to rely on worldly power and influence.
Above all, Mother Teresa lived as a woman of faith, whose spirit rejoiced in God her savior and who was filled with love for his Church. She proclaimed the grace of God which makes a life of seemingly impossible sacrifice possible, because with God all things are possible.
Although we have her loving presence among us no longer, we are confident that she continues to pray for all humanity before the throne of God. We are confident, too, that her work will continue through the Missionaries of Charity which she founded and through the efforts of many others who now strive to bring our world closer to God's plan for it, because Mother Teresa lived and worked among us.
Passed unanimously, September 9, 1997