India Won't Hand Over Mother Teresa's Remains
Nuns from her charity call Albanian request 'absurd'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2009 11:50 AM CDT
Nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, pray at her tomb in Calcutta.   (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
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(Newser) – Mother Teresa isn’t going anywhere, say Indian authorities. Teresa’s parents were from Albania, and the country had requested her remains. Macedonia, where Teresa grew up, may also want the body ahead of the 100th anniversary of her birth next year. “Mother Teresa was an Indian citizen and she is resting in her own country, her own land,” India’s foreign minister said, adding that the question of moving her “does not arise at all.” Nuns from Teresa’s India-based charity tell the BBC that the request is “absurd.”