India’s government has refused to renew the foreign-funding licence for a charity founded by Mother Teresa.

The Missionaries of Charity has thousands of nuns supervising projects that include homes for abandoned children, schools, and clinics.

On Christmas Day, India’s home ministry announced it had not renewed the registration. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been working to stop foreign funding for Christian charities and other NGOs based in India.

The charity, founded in 1950, is one of the world’s best-known Catholic charities.

Hindu group have long accused the charity of using its programmes to convert people to Christianity, which the charity has denied.

There have also been several attacks on religious minorities across India.

Amid growing intolerance and violence against India’s Christian minority, several Christmas events were targeted by Hindu right-wing groups, who alleged Christians were using festivities to force Hindus to convert to Christianity.

Meanwhile, earlier last week, several Indian Christians spoke about their fear of being attacked or sent to prison over allegations of forced religious conversions.

In an interview with British news agency, BBC News, an Indian priest said that he was shocked to find people sitting inside his church, singing Hindu religious songs and shouting slogans.