Albanians celebrate Balkan nation's ties to 'Saint' Teresa

September 3, 2016 4:50 PM

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TIRANA, Albania — Sitting on the steps outside St. Marie’s church after mass in this capital city, 12-year-old Tereza Njebza notes that she was born on Oct. 19, 2003, the day that Mother Teresa — who has Albanian roots — was beatified as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

Her father named her after Mother Teresa, who officially becomes Saint Teresa of Calcutta on Sunday. When Tereza was younger, some use to call her Mother Teresa. "I didn't like it at first," she said. "Now I embrace it.”

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