Albania

On 2 September the Society of Jesus commemorates the Blessed Martyrs of France and Spain. This year, the recently beatified Albanian Martyrs have been added to these in its Proper Calendar.Thirty-eight martyrs of the communist regime in Albania were declared Blessed at a ceremony at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Shkodër, Albania, on 5 November 2016. Among them are two bishops, 21 diocesan priests, three Jesuits, seven Friars Minor, a Franciscan novice-nun, three Catholic laymen, and one seminarian....
 religious who work in Albania, forty of them holding pictures of the martyrs of the Communist period
Scutari:  For most British people, the first thing that springs to mind is the Crimean War. Names to conjure with are Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Fanny Taylor. Fanny Taylor was the foundress of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, and was the first editor of The Month, the forerunner of Thinking Faith.I found myself there last Friday though now it is called Shkoder. I arrived at the cemetery with the sixty delegates to the Union of Conferences of European Major Superiors....
On his first visit to a European country outside Italy, Pope Francis has praised the "peaceful coexistence" of religions in Albania, where a Muslim majority lives alongside Catholics and Orthodox Christians.Tens of thousands of Albanians attended an open air Mass celebrated by the Holy Father in the capital, Tirana, and heard him denounce extremists around the world for "perverting" religion to justify violence.In what many regarded as a reference to Islamic State...
Pope Francis will spend 11 hours in Albania on Sunday on his first visit to a European country outside of Italy. It will be the second visit of a Pope to Albania, after Pope St John Paul II’s visit to the country in 1993, although three Popes (Saints Eleutherius and Caius, and Pope John IV) were born in the country.The Pope’s trip will begin at Tirana’s Mother Teresa international airport where he will be welcomed by Prime Minister Edi Rama. He will then travel to the Presidential Palace...