Controversial figure

Pope: Mother Teresa to be made a saint in September

Mother Teresa in Belgium, to take part in a visit by Pope John Paul II, to beatify a Belgian-born priest, Father Damien. (Reuters)

Mother Teresa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize and became famous for her work caring for the sick and destitute in the slums of Kolkata, India, will be made a saint on September 4, Pope Francis has announced at a meeting of cardinals. The Albanian nun and missionary who died in 1997, aged 87, had already been beatified in 2003 and was cleared for sainthood last December. As of now, it is unclear whether the pope will travel to India for the canonization, as the Catholic Church there wants, or preside over a ceremony in Rome. While a hero to many Catholics across the world, Mother Teresa is also a controversial figure who has been strongly criticized as someone who misused funds and cared more about spreading her fundamentalist beliefs than providing adequate care to those she was supposed to help. In a 2013 report, researchers at the University of Ottawa and the University of Montreal called into question her “rather dubious way of caring for the sick, her questionable political contacts, her suspicious management of the enormous sums of money she received, and her overly dogmatic views regarding, in particular, abortion, contraception and divorce”.

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