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The Indian government has blocked Mother Teresa’s charity from receiving foreign funds, claiming the Catholic organization does not qualify under local laws, dealing a blow to one of the most important groups that manage shelters for the poor.

NEW DELHI – The Indian government has blocked Mother Teresa’s charity from receiving foreign funds, claiming the Catholic organization does not qualify under local laws, dealing a heavy blow to one of the lesser groups. larger ones that run shelters for the poor.

The Home Office said on Monday that the Missionaries of Charity’s request for the renewal of a license that allows it to obtain funds from abroad was rejected over Christmas.

The ministry said it encountered “unfavorable inputs” when reviewing the charity’s renewal application. He didn’t elaborate.

His unrest comes after a series of attacks on Christians in parts of India by right-wing Hindu groups, who accuse pastors and churches of forced conversions. The attacks have been particularly severe in the southern state of Karnataka, which has seen nearly 40 cases of threats or violence against Christians this year, according to a report by the Evangelical Fellowship of India.

Earlier Monday, West Bengal State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sparked outrage when she tweeted that the government had frozen the charity’s bank accounts. But the government was quick to clarify that it had not frozen any accounts.

The charity confirmed in a statement that the government had not frozen its accounts, but added that its request to renew the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act had not been approved.

“Therefore (…) we have asked our centers not to manage any of the (foreign contribution) accounts until the problem is resolved,” he said.

Earlier this month, the Missionaries of Charity, which Mother Teresa founded in Calcutta in 1950, came under investigation in the western state of Gujarat over complaints that girls in her shelters were forced to read the Bible and recite Christian prayers. The charity has denied the allegations.

The association operates hundreds of shelters that care for some of the most needy people in the world who Mother Teresa described as “the poorest of the poor”.

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. Critics say religious tensions have increased under the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with more frequent attacks on minorities.

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