Mícheál Campbell

It's a Sin

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Review of "Mother Teresa", Aroup Chatterjee, Meteor £9.99

John Paul II celebrated his 25th anniversary as pope by beatifying the reactionary Albanian nun Agnes Bojaxhiu. Better known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, she was an outspoken critic of abortion and contraception. Her beatification, the penultimate step on the way to sainthood, has taken place at surprising speed even in the context of the 'saint factory' that is the contemporary Vatican. Coming only six years after her death, it is the latest in a series of controversial bids by a dying John Paul II to stamp his ultra-conservative legacy on an increasingly scandal-ridden church.

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