Monday 21 August 2017

Her mission to the dying was itself a miracle, her lasting gift to the world

Catholics will be delighted at sainthood for Mother Teresa, says Tim Stanley

Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa

The Vatican has announced that Mother Teresa is to be declared a saint. For the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, this is an early Christmas present. For others, it is evidence of lunacy. They ask: "How can intelligent people be suckered by the Mother Teresa myth?"

Sceptics insist that the miracles attributed to her after death are bunkum, about as rational as belief in Father Christmas.

There is a common misconception about Mother Teresa's work - that she sold herself as a regular doctor. In fact, she was closer to a palliative nurse.

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