CORRECTED: STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT: Death of Sister Isolina Ferre Bcc:
                              THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

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For Immediate Release                                             August 3,
2000


                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the death of Sister Isolina
Ferre.  Her passionate fight, for more than 60 years, against poverty,
violence and despair earned her many awards and countless tributes from all
around the world.  Armed only with her faith, she taught gangs in New York
City to solve their differences without violence.  In Puerto Rico, her
community service centers, the Centros Isolina Ferre, transformed ravaged
neighborhoods by operating clinics and helping residents to empower
themselves.

     Almost a year ago today, I was honored to welcome Sister Isolina to
the White House and present her with the Medal of Freedom.  At that
ceremony, I said, "Sister Isolina taught people to see the best in
themselves and in their communities, and made sure they had the tools to
make the most of the gifts God has given them."

     Her lifetime of selfless commitment to others will remain her greatest
legacy.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and many friends.

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