Kosovo Dedicates Teresa of Calcutta Cathedral

PRISTINA, Kosovo, SEPT. 6, 2010 (Zenit.org).- As part of a year of celebrations to honor Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, a cathedral with her name was dedicated in the Kosovo capital on Sept. 5, the anniversary of her death.

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Kosovo is proud of its link to Mother Teresa, an ethnic Albanian. Though the nation is predominantly Muslim, there are significant populations of Orthodox and Catholics.

Several thousand gathered in Pristina for the dedication of the cathedral, which is still partially under construction. According to present plans, it will be the tallest building in Kosovo. It has been financed by the municipality of Pristina, by several European Catholic missions and by many private donors.

A procession of priests went through the main street of the capital, while inside the red brick cathedral the faithful carried white scarves and posters to commemorate the event; some wore traditional dress and carried Albanian flags.

Politicians, diplomats and religious of several confessions have participated during 2010 in numerous activities for “Mother Teresa’s Year.” Among the commemorative activities, Kosovo’s postal service issued a stamp in her honor.

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