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Albania takes a holiday on Teresa beatification anniversary


Albanians celebrated yesterday as a national holiday to mark the first anniversary of the beatification of Mother Teresa, an ethnic Albanian long revered in this mostly Muslim country.

Ceremonies were being held in the capital, Tirana, including an exposition at the Gallery of Arts, a classical music concert featuring a well-known soprano and Mass at the Roman Catholic cathedral of St Paul.

Mother Teresa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work with the poor in India, was born in neighbouring Macedonia to an ethnic Albanian family on 26 August 1910. She went to Calcutta, India, in 1929, and began a life dedicated to the service of the poor and infirm.

She first visited Albania in 1989, when the communists were still in power. Albanians were barred from practicing religion from 1967 until 1990, when communism ended.

A square at the University of Tirana headquarters, Mother Teresa International Airport and the capital's main hospital all have been named in her honour, along with a memorial at the National Museum, which has an annex dedicated to her.

SOURCE
Albania celebrates Teresa beatification as holiday (The Times of India/Associated Press 19/10/04)

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First anniversary of Mother Teresa's beatification observed (newkerala.com 19/10/04)
Mother Teresa, bold missionary of the Gospel (AsiaNews.it 19/10/04)
Albania celebrates Teresa beatification as holiday (The Times of India/Associated Press 19/10/04)">Official Site of the Cause of Canonisation of Mother Teresa
Crowds cheer Mother Teresa beatification (CathNews 20/10/04)


20 Oct 2004