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India weeps for Teresa.

A lepar, a reformed woman criminal, an orphan and a handicapped boy made sacred offerings to Mother Teresea at a massive funeral mass in India yesterday.

The Duchess of Kent joined politicians, diplomats and Church leaders from round the world in Calcutta's 12,000-seater Netaji Indoor Stadium.

Millions more stood weeping outside in pouring rain to watch the 87-year- old nun's coffin carried on the same gun carriage that took Mahatma Gandhi to his cremation 50 years ago. Nuns of Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity order sang hymns.

Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi priests read tributes.

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano told mourners: "Mother Teresa understood fully the Gospel of love.

"She understood it with every fibre of her indomitable spirit and every ounce of energy in her frail body."

Mother Teresa was buried in the grounds of her charity's headquarters, Mother House.

One admirer said: "She lived like a pauper - but she died like a queen."
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