Christians in India expressed relief over the federal government’s decision to restore the license of the Missionaries of Charity to receive funds from abroad.
Sister Dorothy Fernandes, national secretary of the Forum of Religious for Justice and Peace, an advocacy group for Catholic religious, said it was a “most welcome news.”
The federal Ministry of Home Affairs on January 7 restored the 71-year-old congregation’s registration, which is mandatory to receive donations from overseas.
“If there is anyone serving selflessly the most unwanted of our society it’s the Missionaries of Charity Sisters and Brothers,” said Sister Dorothy.
Father Anand Mathew, a social activist in Varanasi, said the restoration of the license has brought “immense relief to so many of us.”
The priest, a member of the Indian Missionary Society, said he and other activists in Varanasi have been mobilizing civil society to support the two homes managed by the sisters.
Sister Jessy Kurian, a Supreme Court lawyer, welcomed the news, saying “finally justice is done.”
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