The schedule of the Pope's visit
A tribute to a Church which was martyred during Communism with a regime that declared State atheism, even in the constitution. An encouraging sign for dialogue among faiths with progress in the political arena.
These are the two aspects which characterize Pope Francis' visit to Albania scheduled for Sunday, 21 September. The schedule was presented by Fr Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office on Monday, 15 September. It will be the Holy Father's fourth international visit and the first in Europe.
The Holy Father will mostly stay in Tirana on his brief one day visit. However it will be a full day with six addresses. The visit will make reference to Mother Teresa and John Paul II's historic visit on 25 April 1993 to rebuild the Catholic Church in the country when he ordained four bishops — including the current Archbishop of Tiranë-Durrës, Rrok K. Mirdita — at the reopening of the the Cathedral of Scutari.
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