Tributes are being paid to Sister Emmanuelle who led a life-long combat to help the underprivileged.
She has died just weeks short of her 100th birthday.
Helping poor young people in the slums of Egypt’s capital Cairo was a key mission for the unorthodox Belgian-born nun.
Her ideas often ran counter to those of the Vatican.
A familiar face in the French media, she supported contraception and thought marriage should be open to priests.
She was regularly voted one of France’s favourite personalities but brushed aside any comparisons to Mother Teresa.
Those mourning Sister Emmanuelle today will no doubt take comfort from her reflections on death.
“There is another life,” she once said. “Nothing has any meaning unless there is another life.”