Mother Teresa’s Charity in India Regains Access to Foreign Funding After Ban

Mom Teresa launched the Missionaries of Charity in 1950.


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NEW DELHI—India’s govt has restored acceptance for a Christian missionary team launched by the late Mom Teresa to obtain international funding, two months after refusing that authorization on Xmas Working day.

India’s Ministry of Household Affairs didn’t say what prompted the reversal. It experienced previously stated that it located unspecified “adverse inputs” when renewing the Missionaries of Charity’s application and that the team no more time met eligibility necessities underneath the Overseas Contribution Regulation Act.

Registration information on the ministry’s site showed the charity’s acceptance underneath the Act was renewed on Thursday and would remain legitimate for 5 yrs. The ministry didn’t straight away react to queries on Saturday.

A spokeswoman for the Missionaries of Charity, Sunita Kumar, stated she didn’t know what prompted the original rejection or the subsequent reversal but stated she was thrilled the difficulty experienced been fixed quickly.

Some Christian leaders have not long ago expressed problems about what they explain as a hostile environment for their faith in Hindu-the greater part India, now governed by Prime Minister

Narendra Modi’s

Bharatiya Janata Social gathering, which has deep Hindu nationalist roots.

The Overseas Contribution Regulation Act grew to become regulation in 2011 and was made to control international donations to corporations functioning in India. The purpose was to prevent international-funded teams from partaking in routines harmful to what India’s govt deems its nationwide passions.

Amnesty International shut its India functions final year after it stated the govt froze the nongovernmental organization’s bank accounts. Greenpeace shut two of its offices in 2019 for the identical rationale.

Mom Teresa, who died in 1997, was born in Macedonia but grew to become an Indian citizen and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her perform in the slums of Kolkata in eastern India. She launched the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. It has branches working hospices and orphanages planet-broad.

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