The Indian government allowed Mother Teresa’s charity to receive foreign funds, weeks after blocking it, claiming the Catholic organization did not meet the conditions imposed by local laws
NEW DELHI – The Indian government has allowed Mother Teresa’s charity to receive foreign funds, weeks after blocking it, saying the Catholic organization did not qualify under local laws, said on Saturday a legislator.
The charity, which Mother Teresa established in Kolkata in 1950, operates hundreds of shelters that care for some of the world’s most needy people. Many leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party accused the charity of forced conversions. The charity has denied the allegations.
India is home to Asia’s second-largest Catholic population after the Philippines, but the roughly 18 million Catholics make up a small minority in the largely Hindu nation of nearly 1.4 billion.