The Missionaries of Charity order that would pray for the writer Christopher Hitchens English 'soul, despite its aggressive campaign against his Nobel Prize winning founder, Mother Teresa.
"We will pray for him and his family," the spokesperson Sister Christie on hearing of Hitchens' death at age 62 after a battle with esophageal cancer.
Hitchens, an atheist admitted, would welcome such prayers, declined to comment.
The iconoclastic Hitchens, who has enjoyed great success as a gossip columnist, was among the strongest critics of the Catholic saint-in-waiting of the Mother Teresa, calling "a fanatic, a fundamentalist and a fraud."
In his 1995 book "The Missionary Position" and a 1994 "Angel of Hell" documentary called, Hitchens accused the nun to be a political opportunist who struck friendships with dictators and corrupt financiers in exchange for donations to his order.
The accused also or contributing to the misery of the poor with his fierce opposition to contraception and abortion.
The Albanian-born nun began his missionary work with the poor in Kolkata in eastern India in 1948 and was known as the "Saint of the manholes" for his work with the sick and dying city.
He received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979 and was filled with joy in 2003, six years after his death in September 1997.
Hitchens was called by the Vatican to argue against his beatification, saying after it was chosen "to represent the devil bono professional".
The firebrand writer who began his journalistic career in Britain before moving to the United States, was diagnosed with cancer in June 2010 and had documented his health declined in his regular column for the magazine Vanity Right.
In announcing his death, her Vanity Fair writer has described as an "incomparable critic, a rhetorician authoritarian spirit of bon vivant and impetuous daring."