Kolkata, May 18 (IANS) Sister Mary Prema, superior general of the Kolkata-headquartered Missionaries of Charity (MoC), was on Wednesday conferred the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit by German Ambassador to India Martin Ney.

"On behalf of the German Federal President Joachim Gauck, Ney handed over the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit to Sister Prema," said a statement by the German embassy on its official Twitter handle.

The 63-year-old Germany-born nun has been a member of MoC, the religious institute founded by the Mother Teresa of Calcutta, since 1980 and was also a close confidante of the Nobel laureate.

"With this honour, Germany acknowledges Sister Prema's personal commitment and the outstanding contribution towards humanity and the Indo-German relations over the past decades."