Albania, Macedonia commemorate Mother Teresa on centenary of her birth

VAU I DEJES, Albania (AP) — Hundreds of Catholics in Albania have held a Mass to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.

Men and women in traditional folk costumes, school children, nuns and bishops filled the courtyard of a cathedral named after Mother Teresa, who was of Albanian origin, in Vau i Dejes, 110 kilometers (nearly 70 miles) north of the capital, Tirana.

Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Parliament Speaker Jozefina Topalli and other senior official attended Thursday's Mass.

In Skopje, the capital of neighboring Macedonia, where Mother Teresa was born, Parliament held a special session to pay tribute. A Mass was held in Skopje's main Roman Catholic cathedral.