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27 April 2017 22:41 (South Africa)

India and Albania ready to duke it out over Mother Teresa’s bones

India and Albania are now in a tug-of-war over the remains of Mother Teresa. She is buried in the city of Calcutta. The Indian foreign ministry insists she is buried in the right country while a spokeswoman from her order has called the Albanian request “absurd”. Mother Teresa was ethnically Albanian, although born in Skopje, now the capital of Macedonia. As a result, it’s possible the squabble could degenerate further into a three-way fight. On the centenary of her birth it is believed she will be canonised as a saint - and who doesn’t want to have their very own saint? Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha said his government would intensify efforts to reclaim her remains before her birthday. She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in 1910 and arrived in India as a novice in 1929. Upon taking her vows, she took on the name Teresa and founded the order that runs homes for abandoned children, the elderly and those suffering from leprosy and Aids. In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize.

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