Father Jak Bushati was arrested, in April 1949, accused of having in his diocese a counterrevolutionary group that plotted against the Albanian government, ruled by the revolutionary Communist Party with its theophobic Socialist ideology of death and destruction.
Brutally interrogated several times each day, he refused to give any information about his fellow Catholics or deny his Christian beliefs.
Hanged on a tree for several days, his flesh was burned by torturers with red-hot iron rods. Pieces of wood were hammered under his fingernails. And his body was whipped until bloodied.
Finally his body gave out, and he died, on September 12, 1949, in Shkodrë, Albania, faithful to Christ.
VIVA CRISTO REY! RROFTE KRISHTI MBRET!
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THERESA MARIE MOREAU is an award-winning reporter who covers Catholicism and Communism.