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Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania

Survivors of Albania’s dictatorship give witness, move pope to tears

September 22, 2014 TIRANA, Albania (CNS) — Two survivors of Albania’s communist crackdown against the church brought Pope Francis tears with their stories during a vespers service in Tirana’s cathedral Sept. 21. “To hear a martyr talk about his own martyrdom is intense,” the pope told journalists on the papal plane back to Rome the…

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania

Don’t use God as ‘armor’ for waging violence, pope says in Albania

September 21, 2014 TIRANA, Albania (CNS) — In a world “where an authentic religious spirit is being perverted and where religious differences are being distorted and exploited,” Albania is an “aspiring example” to everyone that peaceful coexistence is possible, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to the country Sept. 21. The people of this…

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