Not all of us can prevent a war; but most of us can help ease sufferings—of the body and the soul. —Ruth Pfau
Pakistani soldiers on Saturday carried the flag-wrapped coffin of German-born Catholic nun Ruth Pfau to a state funeral where she was honored after devoting her life to eradicating leprosy in the country.
Generally, known as Pakistan’s Mother Teresa, Pfau died last week in the southern city of Karachi at age 87. She is to be buried in her adopted homeland.Read More
Pfau’s coffin was carried to the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre that she founded before being taken on to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for the official service.Pfau had been living in Pakistan since 1960, and her leprosy center in Karachi was Pakistan’s first hospital dedicated to treating the disease. She later opened treatment centers across the country.
Yasmeen Morris, a staff member at the center said “It is a big loss to this hospital and to humanity. It is very hard to find a person like her in today’s era.”
In 1996, the World Health Organisation declared that leprosy had been controlled in Pakistan, which led Pfau to the more challenging task of eliminating the disease.Last year, the number of patients under treatment for leprosy fell to 531 from over 19,000 in the 1980s.