India: Missionaries of Charity Refused Licence to Receive Funding from Abroad

The Missionaries of Charity was founded in 1950 by the late Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun who devoted most of her life to helping the poor in the eastern city of Kolkata. She won the Nobel Peace Prize and was later declared a saint.

Her organization runs shelter homes across India. According to the Hindu daily, it received around US$750 million from abroad in the 2020-21 financial year.

The Indian Home Ministry said that on December 25 — Christmas Day — the renewal of the charity’s license to receive funding from abroad had been “refused.”

The statement issued on Monday said the reason was “not meeting the eligibility conditions” under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act after “adverse inputs were noticed”, without giving further details.

Dominic Gomes, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Calcutta, said the announcement was “a cruel Christmas gift to the poorest of the poor”.

Source: Licas News

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