Mother Teresa Facts: Does She Deserve Sainthood?

Mother Teresa Facts: Does She Deserve Sainthood?
President Reagan presents Mother Teresa with the Medal of Freedom at a White House Ceremony, 20 June 1985. Wikimedia Commons Public Domain

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta is set to be canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church on September 4. But despite her selfless dedication to the poor and needy, many have expressed doubt whether she deserve to become a saint.


Known for her charitable works, which benefited the needy and those abandoned by their families, Mother Teresa is seen as an epitome of true altruism. But not all are happy about the idea of her becoming a saint, as she has a good number of critics, the Washington Post reported.

Mother Teresa Critics

This Tuesday, no less than Pope Francis announced the canonization of Mother Teresa, the highest honor awarded by the Catholic Church to anyone. Not everyone is happy with the news. The charitable nun has amassed several critics, who have been vocal in questioning the merits of her legacies.

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According to Biography, the Macedonia-born nun spent most of her religious life carrying out her charity work in Hindu-dominated India. She began her mission among India’s marginalized people in 1946.

The most vocal critic of the nun is Indian Mohan Bhagwat, chief of the Hindu nationalist group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Times of India previously reported in 2015.

The ‘Living Saint’

When Mother Teresa was beatified in 2003, some critics expressed opposition, claiming that she doesn’t deserve to be a saint. Bhagwat expressed concern over the true intentions of Mother Teresa’s charitable work. Mother Teresa’s relationships with known dictators were even questioned by her critics, the Huffington Post reported.

“It’s good to work for a cause with selfless intentions. But Mother Teresa’s work had ulterior motive, which was to convert the person who was being served to Christianity. In the name of service, religious conversions were made. This was followed by other institutes, too,” Bhagwat said.

Her charitable works and passion for the poor earned her the title a “living saint.” But it was not only the Catholic Church that revered Mother Teresa’s work. In fact, she was also a Nobel laureate for her selfless service and dedication to the poorest of poor.

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