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Mother Teresa pressured to leave Belfast?

April 13, 2011

The hostility of a parish priest in Belfast prompted Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity to abandon working with the poor there, an Irish nun claims.

Sister Eileen Sweeney says that she saw a copy of a letter in which Mother Teresa cited a pastor’s opposition as the reason her order left Belfast in 1971.

Church officials say that Mother Teresa left Belfast voluntarily, and letters in diocesan archives support their claim. But the reasons for her order’s decision to leave have never been made clear. Colleagues of the Belfast pastor, who is now deceased, confirm that he had questions about the mission.


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