The Roman Catholic cathedral in Kosovo's capital has been consecrated to the saint formerly known as Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and religious leaders from Kosovo and Albania were among the hundreds of people in Pristina who attended a consecration ceremony on Tuesday for the landmark, now named St. Teresa Cathedral.

The Italian-style cathedral with two 70-meter (230-foot) towers opened in 2010. Local Catholics had long hoped it would bear the name of the nun who dedicated her life to society's outcasts.

It will now house a new office for the Catholic Church's most senior cleric in Kosovo, which has a population that is more than 90 percent Muslim and a small Catholic community.

Tuesday was the 20th anniversary of Mother Teresa's death. Pope Francis canonized her last year.

"That great saint is in heaven, Mother Teresa, that simple woman who with her example told millions and millions of people in the world to love each other, to help each other," said Cardinal Ernest Simoni, the pope's representative at the consecration ceremony.

The 88-year old priest from neighboring Albania served 18 years in prison because of his faith during Albania's communist regime, which banned religion from 1967 until its collapse in 1990.

Born Agnes Gonxhe Bojaxhiu on Aug. 26, 1910 to Albanian parents, Teresa went to India in 1929 as a sister of the Loreto order. In 1946, she received what she described as a "call within a call" to found a new order dedicated to caring for the most unloved and unwanted, the "poorest of the poor" in the slums of her adopted city, Calcutta.

The Missionaries of Charity order went on to become one of the most well-known in the world, with more than 4,000 sisters in their trademark blue-trimmed white saris doing as Teresa instructed: "Small things with great love."

On Wednesday, the Vatican also declared Mother Teresa a patron saint of the Archdiocese of Calcutta at a Mass in the city where she dedicated her life to the poorest of the poor.

The honor came 16 months after Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint.

About 500 people attended the Mass at a cathedral where Vicar General Dominique Gomes read the decree instituting her as the second patron saint of the archdiocese.

Mother Teresa's name will be mentioned whenever people under the archdiocese pray or a Mass is held.

The Vatican's ambassador to India, Giambattista Diquattro, led the Mass and inaugurated a bronze statue in the church of Mother Teresa carrying a child.

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The Roman Catholic Church declared St. Francis Xavier the first patron saint of Calcutta in 1986.

The archdiocese still retains its old name, Calcutta, even though the city's official name was changed by the state government to Kolkata in 2001.

The archbishop of Calcutta, Thomas D'Souza, said every diocese in the world has a patron saint and since Mother Teresa belonged to the city, "we decided to declare mother our patron."

"We are very happy that Archdiocese of Calcutta has declared her as its patron, acknowledging her great work for the people," said Sister Prema, the head of Missionaries of Charity, the order of nuns started by Mother Teresa in 1950.

Catholics in Kolkata said they were delighted with the Vatican's decision.

"We are very happy that our Mother Teresa, who has done so much service for the poor and destitute in the city, irrespective of religion, caste or creed, has been made the patron of the Archdiocese of Calcutta," said housewife Karabi Kanjilal

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