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Albania pays tribute to its daughter, Mother Teresa

September 12, 1997
Web posted at: 10:35 p.m. EDT (0235 GMT)

TIRANA, Albania (CNN) -- Flags throughout Albania have been flying at half-mast and people have been lining up to pay their last respects to Mother Teresa, who was of Albanian descent.

She was born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Macedonia, the daughter of Albanian refugees. Though she lived most of her life among the poor in India, Albanian Prime Minister Fatos Nano expressed a wish that she would be returned to Albania, where her mother and sister are buried, for internment. However, the Indian government declined.

Albania began three days of official mourning to honour Mother Teresa who was born to Albanian parents
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People have been laying flowers and lighting candles near the buildings of three Missionaries of Charity facilities, opened by Mother Teresa in Albania after the fall of its Communist regime. Special masses have also been said in her honor.

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