June 20, 1995 in Nation/World

Disagreements Set Aside As Capital Shelter Dedicated Mother Teresa, Mrs. Clinton Find Issues On Which To Agree

Associated Press

Mother Teresa, with Hillary Rodham Clinton at her side, dedicated a shelter in the nation’s capital for women and their newborns Monday with the goal of preventing abortions.

Sidestepping her disagreement with Mother Teresa on abortion rights, Mrs. Clinton said the shelter “will grow to have meaning in people’s lives as lives here are saved and changed.”

Mother Teresa said she was “very happy” in the house and said that the babies would begin arriving “as soon as possible. …Now that Mrs. Clinton has opened the house, they’ll pour in.”

On a previous occasion, Mother Teresa voiced outspoken opposition to abortions when she shared a platform at a prayer breakfast with Mrs. Clinton, who supports abortion rights.

On Monday, however, she said that she and the first lady had made “amends” and thanked Mrs. Clinton for visiting her on her recent trip to India. Both sought to highlight areas where they agreed.

Asked by reporters where they found common ground, Mrs. Clinton said “Well, in children, and doing everything we can.”

Mother Teresa said, “Giving tender love and care…” Mrs. Clinton added: “That’s right, for every child.”

Mother Teresa grasped the first lady’s hand often through the tour and during their comments.

Mother Teresa, asked if she were bringing peace to the house, said: “Mother Teresa doesn’t give peace to anybody - she makes everybody work.”

The first lady pleaded for more people to adopt children, citing some 400,000 children in orphanages across the country. She urged people not to be discouraged by a few highprofile cases in which courts have taken children from adoptive parents.

It is Mother Teresa’s fourth shelter in the area, following others that serve the poor and victims of AIDS. She recalled the words of Jesus that the person who receives a small child “receives me.”

Local Catholic charities will assist in the operation of the home.

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