The Albanian Embassy P.sso the Holy See celebrated twenty years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See and the Vatican City.
The 20 October, the day following the commemoration of the blessedness of Mother Teresa by Pope John Paul II on 19 October 2003, the Embassy of the Republic of Albania to the Holy See celebrated the twenty years of bond in a solemn Mass presided by the S.
Em. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals in the church of Sant'Anselmo in Rome The religious function was attended by Albanian and Italian authorities, religious and Albanian citizens residing in Italy, including S.
E. Mons. Rrok Mirdita President of the Episcopal Conference in Albania, S.
E. Mons. Ivan Dias held the Apostolic Nunciature from 1991 to 1997, the Ambassador of Albania in Italy S.
E. Llesh Kola, and the Albanian Minister of Tourism, Culture and Youth and Sport Z. Aldo Bumçi. Cardinal Sodano retraced the stages of the extraordinary history of the Albanians during the fierce persecution of the Communist regime, of which an even more serious burden was borne by Christian religious. Despite the 50 years of isolationism and eradication of the faith in which Albania was the only country in the world to be declared an atheist by law, the presence of strong men has been able to contrast and keep alive the feeling, with moral vigor and spiritual nobility like the same Mother Teresa. Continuing in the Homily, the Dean recalled that twenty years ago, in 1991 Albania opened up to the world and to religion, designating the first cardinals Apostolic Nuncio S.
E. Ivan Dias, who has further established a culture of collaboration between the Vatican and Albania. The opening of the Embassy to the Holy See on 23 March in the 1992 reinforced the bond between the two sides and made immediately possible the pastoral visit of Pope Wojtyla the 25 April of 1993. Stopping at Scutari the Pope in front of Albanian 5000 praised for his accomplishment in passing so much fortitude from tyranny to democracy, he raised the image of the aliens' land from Albania with the subsequent appointment of 4 new Albanian bishops in the presence of 30 priests survivors of concentration and communist prisons against dissidents. Minister Aldo Bumçi then intervened, recalling Albania's efforts to stand up, but that the strength of the bilateral bond rests on a story that begins at least since 1800 years ago, in the time of the Illyrians and with the journey of the Disciples. They continued with greater intensity when the Catholic Church found in the conscience of Skanderbeg Giorgio Castriotta its precious defender of the faith and of Western civilization. The minister did not fail to address the invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to visit Albania as soon as possible. The Albanian ambassador to the Holy See S.
E. Rrok Logu emphasized the important role of the Vatican in Albania's rebirth, helping to build "a new era of freedom for a people that had suffered so much" over the past twenty years. As the Ambassador Logu tells albanianews, the bilateral agreements reached in the field of Health, Agreement between the Ministry of Health of Albania and the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, University Hospital "Agostino Gemelli", and with the Hospital House of Pain Relief in St.
G. Rotondo (a body of the Holy See); of culture, including the agreement between the Central Archive of Albania and the Vatican Secret Archive; and finally in tourism. It is indeed tourism that led to the signing of the agreement between the Ministry of Tourism and the Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi, in May 2011, to enhance the ancient pilgrimage routes in Albanian territory, especially the Via Egnatia and the Via di Aquileia, as a testimony of European religious and cultural heritage. Albania thus becomes the first partner of the Balkan country of the O.
M. The protocol includes the projects called "Albania, a stop on the way to Jerusalem", "The reception and hospitality system", "Albania from the sea", "Border projects between Italy and Albania" and the "International Festival of the Routes of the Spirit".
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