Stop using Mother Teresa pic, Sisters tell Hillary

US presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton has removed photos of Mother Teresa from her campaign material following a request from Missionaries of Charity sisters and criticism from Catholic groups.

Indian Catholic reports that the removal of Mother Teresa's pictures came after Catholic groups termed the use of her image as inappropriate and disturbing given her radically different views on abortion from those of Senator Clinton.

The CNS website earlier showed the original five-minute campaign advertisement shows former President Bill Clinton saying that "Hillary in effect, was the face of America - in Africa, in India."

He says this over the image of Hillary waving alongside Mother Teresa.

The image was followed by a clip of the senator speaking before the 1995 International Conference on Women in Beijing, where she declared: "It is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights."

The original advertisement is no longer available on Senator Clinton's website< Indian Catholic says. In an amended version an image of elephant is shown over the words "in Africa, in India".

Indian Catholics said they were very happy "that the public campaign we waged against Hillary Clinton's wholly inappropriate use of Blessed Mother Teresa's image in a campaign video has succeeded."

Clinton removes Mother Teresa's images from campaign (Indian Catholic, 20/6/07)

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Mother Teresa (Wikipedia)
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Crowds cheer Mother Teresa beatification (CathNews, 20/10/03)

21 Jun 2007