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Critics Slam Mother Teresa As Pope Francis Declares Her A Saint

#FraudTeresa was tweeted more than 42,000 times from Saturday to Sunday morning

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A tapestry depicting Mother Teresa is seen in Saint Peter's Square. — REUTERS
Sep 04, 2016 at 11:29 AM ET

Pope Francis named Mother Teresa a saint at the Vatican on Sunday in front of tens of thousands of pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square. But in India, where Mother Teresa spent much of her life working with the country’s poor, many went online to criticize the Catholic nun and question her motives.

From Saturday to Sunday, the hashtag #FraudTeresa outperformed both #MotherTeresa and #SaintTeresa on Twitter. It was posted more than 42,000 times since 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday morning, predominantly driven by Hindu nationalist Indian Twitter users, Vocativ found. #MotherTeresa was posted 36,002 times, while #SaintTeresa was tweeted just 4,998 times from Saturday to mid-Sunday morning.

Since Mother Teresa died in 1997 at the age of 87, she’s been both revered by fans for her charitable work and also accused by critics of misusing funds and helping people with the aim of converting them to Christianity. “It’s good to work for a cause with selfless intentions,” RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat told The Times of India last year. “But Mother Teresa’s work had ulterior motive, which was to convert the person who was being served to Christianity.” Others criticized the quality of conditions in her institutions in Kolkata.

Many over the weekend, however, jumped to Mother Teresa’s defense, and celebrated the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s canonization. “She used to consider all of us as her children,” polio victim Gautam Lewis recently told the Associated Press. “She was our angel guardian.”