Albania

John Paul II birth anniversary marked in Bathore, Albania

Posted by on May 23, 2020 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on John Paul II birth anniversary marked in Bathore, Albania

John Paul II birth anniversary marked in Bathore, Albania

On April 18, the sculpture of St. John Paul II was introduced to the church in Bathore, Albania, to mark Pope’s 100th birth anniversary. The sculpture of the head of St. John Paul II, made by artist Mumtas Dhrami, was donated by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tirana. At the ceremony of the presentation of the sculpture in the church, there were present Karol Bachura, Ambassador, and Rakip Suli, Mayor of Kamëz. In his commemorative speech, the Ambassador emphasized the great concern of John Paul II for the respect of human dignity in...

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Christ is not in quarantine in Albania

Posted by on Apr 29, 2020 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on Christ is not in quarantine in Albania

Christ is not in quarantine in Albania

On April 27th, there was celebrated the feast day of the Patroness of Albania, Our Lady of Good Counsel whose image was always on the desk of our father St. Alphonsus. There have been no celebrations in the churches since March 12, but the faithful preserve and cultivate their faith, especially the family rosary. Since the beginning of the quarantine, every day of the week the bishop prays the rosary on Radio Maria, in the evening, and many celebrations are broadcasted on the internet. We celebrate in the two main parishes and a cloistered...

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Letter of the Coordinator – Christmas 2019

Posted by on Dec 27, 2019 in Albania, front, Letters, news | Comments Off on Letter of the Coordinator – Christmas 2019

Letter of the Coordinator – Christmas 2019

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests. (Luke 2, 14) Rome, December 22, 2019 Dear Confreres, dear Lay Missionaries of the Most Holy Redeemer, dear Partners in Mission, In these days we saw the picture of a crib in the Redemptorist mission in Albania, which I also include in this Christmas letter: It shows Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, who is born in the ruins and the destruction of our world. It is a picture that is realistic and at the same it is a testimony to the hope we live on: in many...

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Move for Albania

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Albania, front, news, Social | Comments Off on Move for Albania

Move for Albania

Albania Solidarity Campaign organized by Redemptorist of Madrid In this time of Advent, the Association for Solidarity, a Redemptorist NGO of the Province of Madrid has started the traditional Christmas Campaign in many of Redemptorist communities. This year’s motto is “Move for Albania”. End of November Nature hit this country with an earthquake, in a very close area of our Redemptorist mission of Kámez (Albania). Faced with this situation we want to show solidarity and join the support and concern of so many people of goodwill who want to...

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Earthquake in Albania: families no longer have homes…

Posted by on Dec 5, 2019 in Albania, front, news, Social | Comments Off on Earthquake in Albania: families no longer have homes…

Earthquake in Albania: families no longer have homes…

Letter from the Redemptorist Mission of Kamëz, Albania Dear friends: In Albania, there were several earthquakes on the night of November 26th. The number of victims rises to 35 (there are likely to be more) and more than 600 injured. Families affected by the collapse of homes are being treated in Durres and Thumanë, the two most affected areas, where people continue to arrive. The night was quiet, although many families chose to sleep in the car or on the road for greater security. On November 27, we were in Thumanë (about 20 km from the...

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European Redemptorist Mission Camp in the Mission of Albania

Posted by on Aug 2, 2019 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news, Youth | Comments Off on European Redemptorist Mission Camp in the Mission of Albania

European Redemptorist Mission Camp in the Mission of Albania

The European Redemptorist Missionary Camp officially started in the Albanian Mission on Sunday 7th of July. This volunteering mission experience will take place over two weeks starting from 7 to 21 July 2019. The interprovincial community of Albania, after the European Meeting of Redemptorists GRANADA 2018, decided to open its doors to the young people who participated in it, as part of the journey that the Redemptorist vocational youth ministry carries out throughout the European continent, even to the Conference level. In the European...

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A different Holy Week in Albania

Posted by on Apr 25, 2019 in Albania, front, news | Comments Off on A different Holy Week in Albania

A different Holy Week in Albania

The Passover Triduum has been a Passover for many years, last year I was fortunate to witness the whole Holy Week in a Cistercian monastery in Cóbreces, Santander. This year I was in Albania. Albania is a country where we Catholics are a minority. However, it is also a country where all creeds are respected, and, without being any official religion of the State. All have their most important days designated as civil celebrations. In this way, although Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday are normal and school days for students; Easter...

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Renewal of vows in the Mission of Albania

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on Renewal of vows in the Mission of Albania

Renewal of vows in the Mission of Albania

The Albanian Mission witnessed a unique event where a Redemptorist missionary, for the first time, has renewed his vows in this country on 13th January 2019. The celebration took place on Sunday to commemorate the Baptism of the Lord, in the Parish of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori in Kamëz. Brother Álvaro Ortiz Jiménez de Cisneros is a theological student of the Province of Madrid, who has a year of pastoral experience in the interprovincial community of Albania. He is 27 years old and discovered his vocation when he was a university student...

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First popular mission – Christmas in Albania

Posted by on Jan 4, 2019 in Albania, Evangelization, front, news | Comments Off on First popular mission – Christmas in Albania

First popular mission – Christmas in Albania

The interprovincial Redemptorist community of Albania is celebrating its fifth Christmas. As is known, Albania lived through the atheist-communist dictatorship of Europe until 1991, which eliminated the religious sense of these dates. When the official atheism of the state was established, Christmas was called “New Year’s parties” and the Christmas tree became the New Year’s tree. Today, although there is religious freedom, the importance of the new year still remains in the minds of the people over the celebration of the Birth of Christ. In...

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Introduction of the New Coordinators

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Albania, news | Comments Off on Introduction of the New Coordinators

Introduction of the New Coordinators

From January 15th to the 19th, 2018, the General Government met with the new coordinators of the Conferences to introduce and plan the Congregation’s agenda for the rest of the sexennium. Present at the meetings were also the General Secretary, Father Brendan Kelly, C.Ss.R., and invited were the three former coordinators: Fathers Jacek Zdrzalek (Europe), Guy-Arnaud Agbossaga (Africa and Madagascar) and Manuel Rodríguez Delgado (Latin America and the Caribbean). The main topics treated at this week-long meeting were the developments in the...

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