Cathedral of Saint Mother Teresa, Pristina

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Cathedral of Saint Mother Teresa
Saint Mother Teresa Cathedral Prishtina8.jpg
42°39′23″N 21°09′34″E / 42.65639°N 21.15944°E / 42.65639; 21.15944Coordinates: 42°39′23″N 21°09′34″E / 42.65639°N 21.15944°E / 42.65639; 21.15944
DedicationMother Teresa
DioceseDiocese of Prizren-Priština

The Cathedral of Saint Mother Teresa in Pristina (Albanian: Katedralja e së Shën Nënë Tereza në Prishtinë, Serbian: Katedrala Majke Tereze u Prištini / Катедрала Мајке Терезе у Приштини) is a Roman Catholic cathedral being constructed in Pristina, Kosovo. In 2007, the Government of Kosovo approved plans for the building.[1] The cathedral is dedicated to the Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary, Saint Teresa of Calcutta.


The foundation was ceremonially laid by former President of Kosovo, Ibrahim Rugova, himself a Muslim.[2] It was inaugurated on 26 August 2010, the hundredth anniversary of her birthday, before construction was completed.[3] Its construction, begun in 2011, sparked controversy in Muslim circles where it was seen as outsized considering the small number of Catholics in the area.[4]

Upon the cathedral's completion, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Prizren-Priština will move from Prizren to Pristina.[2] The cathedral will be one of Pristina's tallest buildings.[5]

Bell tower

An exhibition celebrating the shared history of Albanians and Austria was held in the cathedral in January 2015. It was attended by the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.[6]

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  1. ^ Kosovo Catholics plan cathedral to honour Mother Teresa
  2. ^ a b "New Cathedral Symbolises Catholic Rebirth in Kosovo". BIRN Kosovo. 6 September 2007. Archived from the original on 11 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Kosovo: Neue Mutter-Teresa-Kirche eingeweiht". (in German). 6 September 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  4. ^ Petrit Collaku (26 May 2011). "Kosovo Muslims Resent New Mother Teresa Statue". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  5. ^ In Pristina's old Ottoman mosque, Muslims gather for prayers[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Kryeziu, Visar (19 January 2015). "Kosovo president Atifete Jahjaga, right, joined by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, ..." Yahoo News. AP News. Retrieved 22 March 2015.

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