Albania wants remains of Teresa

 
Mother Teresa’s remains are in India and King Ahmet Zog’s in France. Prime Minister Sali Berisha’s government has asked India for the Roman Catholic nun’s remains to be returned by the 100th anniversary of her birth in August.

Berisha said Albania has started negotiations with India’s government, which “will be intensified this year”. Macedonia and Albania have been engaged in a dispute over the national identity of Mother Teresa, who was born in Macedonia to an ethnic Albanian family. She went to Calcutta, India, in 1929, and dedicated herself to the service of the poor and infirm, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

After her death in 1997, she was buried in Calcutta and Pope John Paul II beatified her in 2003. Albania’s main airport outside the capital, Tirana, is named after Mother Teresa.

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