January 14, 1997 in Nation/World

Ailing Mother Teresa Ready To Step Down

Compiled From Wire Services

Ailing and tired, Mother Teresa is likely to step aside next month from the leadership of the order she founded nearly 50 years ago, associates said Monday.

Calcutta’s archbishop, Henry D’Souza, said he will conduct a Feb. 2 vote for mother superior of the Missionaries of Charity.

His announcement came after a longtime friend said the 86-year-old nun confided last month that she wanted to step down because of health problems.

“This time, Mother has finally decided to leave the post of superior general,” the friend, Sunita Kumar, said in an interview.

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