On Friday, 12 September 2014 was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Albania at the Holy See the conference 'Albanian religious tolerance between history, poetry and religion. We publish the intervention of the Vatican Secretary of State, card. Pietro Parolin taken up by Vatican Radio.
In an international climate where in the name of religion wars, humanitarian crises and civilian deaths are determined, the example of religious tolerance in Albania is a model of peaceful coexistence.
Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin recalled that "the founding fathers of Albania have bet on the possibility of building a multi-religious society and history has given them reason":
"I believe that the Pope wants to emphasize precisely this with his journey: Albania, a country that has suffered so much in a recent past, precisely, for the suppression of religious freedom and religious persecution in the name of an atheistic ideology, today it presents itself to the renewed world, even in its institutions, in the spirit that animates it, and above all with this ability to bring together within it religious groups that contribute together, from their diversity, to build the common good of the homeland. It is a great example, really, that the Pope wants to emphasize and which I hope will be received in this situation so difficult that we are living ”.
In the Albanian interreligious mosaic, made up of Catholics, Orthodox, Sunni Muslims and Bektashi Muslims, as card.
Parolin, the Catholic community is a discreet presence, representing the 15% of the population, but decisive in offering a testimony of love. And on the spirit with which the Albanian community awaits the visit of Pope Francis, we have collected the testimony of Edmond Godo, representative of the Albanians in Italy:
"Despite the 46 years of dictatorship, religious faith has returned as before. I must say that it is a miraculous thing. We, as an Albanian community, have even thought of sending a very clear message to our government about this: putting all the tourist brochures on all the maps, the words 'Religious tolerance is in Albania'.
This is a small message that comes from a small country and we hope it can be positive and can help people in this sense ".
Source: Vatican Radio
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