Pope praises brotherhood forged among Albania’s religions

Aboard the papal plane, Sep 22, 2014 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on the return flight from Albania praised the country for its youth and its “higher culture” that is “capable of building brotherhood” among Christians and Muslims. The Pope said Albania is “a European country,” evidenced by the cooperation between Muslims, Orthodox Christians and Catholics. He stressed the importance of the majority Muslim country’s culture of … [Read more...]

A delayed desire: Albanian priest waited decades for ordination

Tirana, Albania, Sep 22, 2014 / 07:44 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Albanian Catholic priest shared his story of encountering persecution for his faith by the country's repressive state atheism, noting how he waited decades before his dream to be ordained was fulfilled. “When I first said I wanted to be 'like Him,' a priest told me that it was a dark path to take, but I replied: 'I see no darkness,'” Father Gjergj Simoni said. In a Sept. 21 interview with CNA, he … [Read more...]

Catholic-Muslim spouses say Pope Francis is for everybody

Tirana, Albania, Sep 22, 2014 / 02:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-Muslim married couple who traveled three hours from Kosovo to take part in Pope Francis’ Albanian visit say that the Pope is “for everybody” regardless of religion. Valentin, 30, and Vanessa, 22, hail from the Kosovo town of Gjakova, where the mother of Mother Teresa lived. “We Catholics are just a few, but we really want the Pope to come to our small country,” Valentin said. “In the … [Read more...]

Papal visit fosters Albanians’ hopes

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 08:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Albania is a “gigantic event” for the religiously diverse country as it seeks a greater role in Europe, one leader at the country’s main Catholic university has said. “Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims are pursuing together the European dream. Pope Francis’ visit will foster this pursuit, and hopefully will accelerate the Albanian process to be a fully acknowledged European … [Read more...]

Papal visit fosters Albanians’ hopes

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 08:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Albania is a “gigantic event” for the religiously diverse country as it seeks a greater role in Europe, one leader at the country’s main Catholic university has said. “Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims are pursuing together the European dream. Pope Francis’ visit will foster this pursuit, and hopefully will accelerate the Albanian process to be a fully acknowledged European … [Read more...]

Papal visit fosters Albanians’ hopes

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 08:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Albania is a “gigantic event” for the religiously diverse country as it seeks a greater role in Europe, one leader at the country’s main Catholic university has said. “Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims are pursuing together the European dream. Pope Francis’ visit will foster this pursuit, and hopefully will accelerate the Albanian process to be a fully acknowledged European … [Read more...]

Albanian martyrs knew God’s consolation, Pope says off-the-cuff

Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 03:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- God’s consolation for Albania’s martyrs and other persecuted Christians is a reminder for us all of the intimate consolation that God offers amid suffering, Pope Francis said in unscripted remarks at a Sunday vespers service. “The Lord consoled them because there were people in the Church, the people of God – the old ladies, holy and good, many cloistered sisters... who prayed for them. And this is the mystery … [Read more...]


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