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Nun known as ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’ to receive state funeral

The Government of Pakistan will accord a state funeral to Sr Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, a German-born member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan.

Sr Ruth, dubbed the Mother Teresa of Pakistan, died on 10th August in Karachi. She was 87.

“Sr Ruth was a model of total dedication. She inspired and mobilised all sections of society to join the fight against leprosy, irrespective of creed or ethnic identity,” Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, president of Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference, told Catholic News Service.

“We are happy that the Government is according her a state funeral on 19th August,” the archbishop said, noting it would be at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi.

Picture: Sr Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau, a German-born member of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary and a physician who devoted her life to the eradication of leprosy in Pakistan, died on 10th August at age 87. She is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center via EPA).