Barcelona, Spain, Aug 29, 2013 / 15:12 pm
Franciscan Sister Teresa Losada, known in Spain as "the nun of the immigrants," died Aug. 25 at the age of 70 in the town of San Vicente dels Horts after a long battle with cancer.
Mayor Oriol Junqueras of San Vicente dels Horts was among the hundreds who attended her funeral Mass. He said Sister Teresa's life and work were "filled with values, wisdom, generosity and humility."
The town of San Vicente dels Horts has decreed three days of mourning for Sister Teresa's death. Flags around the town were ordered to be flown at half mast.
Sister Teresa, who held a doctorate in Semitic languages, was an expert on the Islamic world. She taught for several years at the University of Barcelona, until she decided to devote herself entirely to the care of Muslim immigrants, especially those arriving from northern Africa to find work.