Friday, September 5, 1997--At a press conference this afternoon, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called for everyone to observe a moment of silence in remembrance of Mother Teresa, who passed away today in Calcutta, India. Mayor Giuliani made the following statement:
"It is with deep sadness and regret that I learned Mother Teresa passed away earlier today in Calcutta, India.
"Mother Teresa was a saint, a person who devoted her life to helping people in need. She and her Missionaries of Charity did a tremendous amount of work in New York City, caring for people with AIDS and helping children. Every day, she worked on behalf of those who were in the worst of circumstances. And she did it with generosity, kindness and, above all else, love. I had the honor of meeting with Mother Teresa several times, most recently this past June. She was a wonderful person with a terrific sense of humor. She knew how to make people laugh and she knew how to charm everyone. And if she asked you for something, you did it without hesitation, because you knew she was doing God's work.
"I have with me today a small medal that Mother Teresa gave me the last time I saw her, which she blessed. I ask that we all--for a few moments--share a silent prayer in tribute to a saint and pray to her."