Light to Pakistan's lepers, Dr Ruth Pfau passes away in Karachi

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Her burial service will be on August 19 in St Patrick's Cathedral, at 11 am.

"She gave new hope to innumerable people and proved through her illustrious toil that serving humanity knows no boundaries".

"Ruth Pfau may have been born in Germany, her heart was always in Pakistan". Pfau, never one to suffer an excess of pride or devotion to materialism, sold numerous countless awards she was given to fund the MALC.

President Mamnoon Hussain paid tribute to Dr Pfau saying she had done an "unforgettable" job in eliminating leprosy in the country.

Her death was commemorated by Pakistanis, who offered words of remembrance and condolence through social media. Her feet touched every part of the country from far-flung remote areas to the teeming sprawling cities. So committed was she to her work that by 1996 Pakistan was the first country in the region to have controlled leprosy.

Sr. Pfau was born in Leipzig in 1929, but her childhood home was destroyed by bombing during World War II.

After joining the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, Sr. She didn't confine her endeavors to treating leprosy patients but at the same time was of colossal help when Sindh confronted serious flooding. Often dubbed Pakistan's Mother Teresa, Dr Pfau was the founder of the National Leprosy Control Programme in Pakistan and in charge of the Marie Adelaide Society of Pakistan (MASP), where leprosy patients are treated. It said her services for humanity "were nothing less than a pure manifestation of God's divine love".

The nun won many honors and awards for her work, both from Pakistan and Germany.

Saddened to learn of Dr Ruth Pfau's passing.

Dr Ruth Pfau. She should be given state funeral. She was only here for a medical service for students before heading to India. "She will be dearly missed". Her spirit of selfless dedication leaves a void that will be hard to fill. She was granted Pakistan's citizenship in 1988. "We owe u a debt of gratitude Dr Ruth Pfau".

"May her soul rest in peace & may others follow her footsteps", Assemblyman Arif Alvi tweeted.

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