Catholics suffered great persecution in Albania, the first atheist State, led by the Communist Party with its theophobic Socialist ideology of death and destruction.
Catholicism and its practice was outlawed and considered a counterrevolutionary crime against the revolutionary State.
For being a practising Catholic priest who secretly administered the Sacraments to the Faithful, Father Shtjefën Kurti was arrested several times, accused of crimes against the State.
When someone reported to authorities that he had secretly baptized a child, upon the mother's request, he was arrested a final time.
After a trial, during which he admitted baptizing the child, Father Kurti was led to the firing squad, where he was executed, on October 20, 1971.
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