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Can't give Mother Teresa's remains, says Govt

Press Trust Of India
Oct 12, 2009 at 12:30pm IST

Kolkata: The Missionaries of Charity (MoC) has said that it has not received any request from any quarter for transfer of Mother Teresa's mortal remains to Albania, the country of her origin.

"Unless we receive any specific request from any quarter in this regard, we cannot comment," Salesian priest Father Robin Gomes, who ministers to the nuns in the Auxiliam parish said.

He said the MoC, headquarters of Mother's global order, would not probably agree to any request for transfer of her remains outside of her tomb which is situated in a room on the ground floor of the Mother House.

WORLD ORDER: Mother Teresa originally from Albani gave her life's service for the poor in Kolkata.

"It will not be fair to remove her remains from there," Father Gomes said.

The comments came in the wake of reports that Albania will intensify negotiations with India over the issue.

Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha's government on Friday said that Albania wants the mortal remains of the Roman Catholic nun to be returned to the country.

According to Father Gomes, although the Nobel laureate is an Albanian, her order comprises priests and nuns from almost all countries and hence the request is not tenable.

He also observed that since Mother was an Indian citizen, the central government would not agree to the request for transfer outside of the country.

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