The Battle for Mother Teresa's Remains

Kolkata, where Mother Teresa lived and worked for nearly seven decades, was shocked this week when Albania laid claim to the saint's remains

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Mother Teresa was born to Albanian parents but lived and worked in India

It's only 7.30 a.m., but the front door of house number 54A is already open. Outside, a short, bald man dressed in a neat, black-checked shirt and faded gray trousers stands beneath the nondescript building's huge windows, bows his head and puts it against the wall in a sign of obeisance. Arun Mukherjee, an accounts clerk in his late 40s, has been stopping here at Mother House, Mother Teresa's home in Kolkata, on his way to work every morning for decades. For him, the building is no less than a temple. "I feel very calm when I stop...

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