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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 8, 1997 - 5A

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Buckingham Palace.
Networks undoubtedly will produce
souvenir montage videotapes of last
week's memorable images, and - for
this tale more than most - the format
till be apt.
The first week of September 1997 in
Britain is foremost a dizzying series of
scenes that whizzed by in the way that
*y information-age high tragedy can.
First, the breaking news: Diana's new
boyfriend, playboy Dodi Fayed, had
been killed with his driver in a horren-
dous car crash in Paris. The princess
was injured, but she managed to walk
away. Wait - her injuries were actually
serious, but she was alive. And then,
hours later, she was dead, in a crash per-
haps caused by the paparazzi who pur-
sued her so obsessively for so long.
~he revisionism kicked in before her
Wdy returned to England later that day.
Gone were the questions about
whether Diana was embarrassing the
crown with her Fayed fling -and jet-set
ways. Gone were the snipes about her
anxiety, her manipulativeness, her I-
gotta-be-me charity work.
How, Britons asked, could this be
possible? She was our 36-year-old
princess - the mother of our future
*g. Her eyes shone so bright and she
was so alive. After a long, bumpy road,
she had found happiness.
Each day brought new images:
Prince Charles bringing her body home
from France. Earl Spencer, Diana's
brother, saying the media has "blood on
its hands:' Princes William and Harry,
somber and empty-eyed, leaving their
Balmoral Castle retreat. Revelations
that the chauffeur, Henri Paul, was

drunk. Paparazzi detained. Tears fell as
far away as Indonesia.
And the building masses of flower-
bearing mourners, clustering outside
Buckingham Palace and forming seem-
ingly endless lines to sign condolence
books outside St. James's Palace, where
Diana's body rested in a chapel.
Then, Saturday, the most memorable
images of all:
The throngs of faithful silently
watching her cortege pass. The card
on her coffin: "Mummy." Her loved
ones and loved causes in Westminster
Abbey. Elton John's reworked version
of "Candle in the Wind." Earl
Spencer's piercing eulogy, a pointed
screed against tradition and media.
And her long, slow, inexorable ride
north to a tiny island in a tiny lake on
the grounds of an ancestral home.
That day alone, a crescendo to the
week, perhaps changed things most of
"The idea that national pride and dig-
nity may only be conveyed by cold obe-
dience to precedent and protocol could
not survive the week," Patrick Collins
wrote in a column in The Mail yester-
"It had perished long before the close
of the day."
The concerns of ordinary Brits were
not buried with Diana on Saturday.
Indeed, the past week's nascent changes
may reach far into the country's future.
Last week has changed - for better
and worse - the causes Diana support-
ed. Left without a powerful living advo-
cate, they nonetheless will benefit
greatly from Diana in death.
It changes her sons, one of whom is
destined to rule Britain. How will her
death change the direction of his


The casket containing the body of Diana, Princess of Wales, is carried into
Westminster Abbey during funeral ceremonies in London on Saturday.

India pays respect
to Mother Teresa

CALCUTTA, India (AP) -
Barefoot paupers, movie stars and gov-
ment leaders wept and prayed beside
'lother Teresa's body yesterday, paying
their respects to a woman who
embraced both the poor and the power-
The Nobel laureate and nun lay in
state at one of Calcutta's oldest and
largest Catholic churches, in a fashion-
able neighborhood that contrasted
with the slums where she toiled during
"Mother Teresa, we will always love
Oi,' read a handwritten poster hanging
from the neck of one grieving child.
Mother Teresa, who died of a heart
attack Friday night, lay under a glass
case on a platform draped in the white
and blue colors of her Missionaries of
Charity order, her hands folded across
her chest.
Mourners including barefoot pau-
pers, government leaders, a former
uty queen and an Indian musician,,
d quickly through the church, stop-
ping for just a few moments before the
Mother Teresa's funeral Saturday will
be ield in the 10,000-seat stadium
where Pope John Paul II addressed the
faithful during his 1986 visit to India, a
spokesman for Calcutta Archbishop
Henry d'Souza, Father Ambrose, said
Members of the Missionaries of
f arity said Mother Teresa would be
ried in the courtyard of the order's
headquarters, on the edge of a Calcutta
Prime Minister I.K. Gujral, who vis-
ited St. Thomas' Church where Mother
Teresa lay Sunday, said that just as
India had Mohandas Gandhi to lead
the fight against poverty, hunger and
injustice in the first half of the centu-
y, so it had
*Mother Teresa to carry on that fight
in the latter half.
Gujral has called for a state funeral,
meaning Mother Teresa will be given
the full military honors normally
reserved for heads of state. That also
makes it likely presidents and prime
ministers from around the world will
The frail, 4-foot-I1-inch nun was
born in Albania but had become an
ian citizen. She had suffered heart
Woblems and other ailments for years
and gave up leadership of her order in
Mother Teresa, who said she saw
God in every suffering human being,
began her charity work with just a few
helpers in this eastern Indian city five
decades ago. '
Her order now has more than 4,000
nuns and runs 517 orphanages, homes
r the poor, AIDS hospices and other
charity centers around the world.
One man who broke down in tears
after seeing Mother Teresa's body said
the Catholic nun's compassion tran-
scended religious boundaries.
"She worked for the people and
never thought about whether we were
usim or Himnu" sid Mouiam

police officer on motorcycle, as bells
pealed in St. Thomas' Church and
anguished wails rose from mourners.
Mourners began gathering before
dawn, and by the time the coffin
arrived, the line snaked half a mile
along the sidewalk in front of the
Even there, the importance of caste
and privilege in India was inescapable.
Politicians and high-ranking bureau-
crats roared to the front of the line in
bulky white official cars, and strode
into the chapel through a special


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