Mother Teresa's grave reflects her simple life
September 13, 1997
Web posted at: 12:36 p.m. EDT (1636 GMT)
CALCUTTA, India (CNN) -- Mother Teresa's final resting place
is a simple room in the Calcutta convent where she lived and
carried out her life's work.
"This is the place she loved to be. This is her home," said
Sister Nirmala, her successor as head of the Missionaries of
The long, narrow room, which once served as the convent's
dining room, faces the street. An entry is to be opened onto
the street to allow the public to visit. The nuns have not
revealed yet how the burial place will look.
Reporters have glimpsed a rectangular cement box in the room,
along with slabs of white marble. The room's walls were
being painted a yellowish beige, and its cement floors
covered in brown linoleum.
After an elaborate state funeral, Saturday's brief burial
ceremony was closed to all but the nuns, a few Catholic
Church dignitaries, and others close to the Missionaries of
Charity, the order Mother Teresa founded.
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