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The story of Majlinda Kelmendi – From the killing fields of Kosovo to the hallowed Olympic podium

Profile September 3, 2016

Majlinda Kelmendi is an inspiration to athletes around the world. This kind of modesty and understanding of life through her sports teachings, suggests we are talking of an individual who is not just a champion athlete but a complete human being, whose life is a story of unparalleled desire to excel for herself and for her country in the most adverse of circumstances. Meanwhile, in the sporting landscape, Kosovo got embraced by the soccer governing institutions FIFA and UEFA. The legend of Majlinda Kelmindi continues to grow…

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From Sister to Mother to Saint: Mother Teresa

Profile September 2, 2016

On Sunday 4th September 2016, Mother Teresa will be the 640th saint canonized since 1963. Half a million people are expected to attend the canonization at the Vatican, in a ceremony transmitted live to her adopted home of Kolkata and Catholic audiences worldwide. Many still do not realize that she was Albanian. Below is a short biography of this wonderful, holy woman. Continue reading …

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