VATICAN CITY -- Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Roman Catholic nun who won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, called on the church's bishops Monday to ordain more priests to help her work among the poor.
'Bishops, the poor need your love,' she said in an emotional appeal to the World Synod of Bishops meeting at the Vatican for a month.
'Give it to them through holy priests. The poor are the hope and salvation of humanity.'
In a 25-minute address to the assembled prelates and Pope John Paul II, the diminutive Albanian-born nun also said there were 53,000 lepers in India and that the government of New Delhi had proposed to sterilize many of them as a means of population control. She said she opposed the government plan and proposed 'natural family planning' instead.
At the end of her address, the pope broke his silence at the synod and called on the bishops to redouble their efforts to help the poor as Mother Teresa had urged.