In 2003, Pope John Paul II approved the beatification of Mother Teresa. At the time, Christopher Hitchens called Mother Teresa “a fanatic, a fundamentalist, and a fraud,” arguing that “even more will be poor and sick if her example is followed.” On Friday, Pope Francis announced that he will make Mother Teresa a saint in 2016. Hitchens’ original essay is republished below.
Many state that Mother Teresa was close to perfection. In this lesson, students will read about Mother Teresa and then place sticky notes on a board to demonstrate their opinions through the use of textual evidence if possible. This tug of war activity purports to lead students into a discussion and then have them write their opinions in a short essay.
Mother Teresa comforts a patient at a hospital. At the time of her death in 1997, her charity operated 610 missions in 123 countries which included hospices and homes for orphans, HIV/AIDS patients and people with leprosy.
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