VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Albania will highlight the land of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s birth, honor the martyrs of Albania’s atheistic past and suggest the country’s potential as a model for religious coexistence
Holy See Press Office director Father Federico Lombardi discussed the motives for Pope Francis’ Sept. 21 trip in a press briefing Tuesday.
The Albanian-born Blessed Mother Teresa will be an important figure for Pope Francis’ trip, he said.
“In Albania, Mother Teresa is a national heroine, as well as a figure of extraordinary Christian holiness,” Father Lombardi explained.
He observed that Albania was the first officially atheistic state. The Pope’s...READ MORE