St. Teresa Cathedral consecrated in Kosovo

On the one-year anniversary of St. Teresa of Calcutta, better known as Mother Teresa, being canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, the first Roman Catholic cathedral in Kosovo was consecrated in her name on Sept. 5.

The St. Teresa Cathedral in Pristina is the only cathedral dedicated to the Albanian saint. St. Teresa spent most of her life working in the slums of India.

Pope Francis appointed the Rev. Ernest Troshani Simoni, an Albanian priest, as his special envoy to lead the ceremonies, which was attended by thousands of Christians and Muslims.

“It was a great joy for me when I heard from the pope that I personally would come to Pristina, to send my heartfelt congratulations to the Kosovar-Albanian brothers, and that the Lord’s blessing be in the hearts of all Kosovaars,” Simoni said.

During the ceremonies, different areas of the cathedral were blessed with oil by priests, including a newly mounted sculpture of St. Teresa.