3/15/2018 0 Comments
March 15th, 2018
Zef Pllumi, only 22, was arrested on December 14, 1946, by the Albanian Communist regime, after accused of being the personal secretary of Franciscan Father Anton Harapi.
After spending three years in prisons and extermination camps, he was released in 1949, ordained in 1956, and rearrested in 1967, the same year dictator Enver Hoxha banned religion and declared Albania the world's first atheist State.
Father Zef Pllumi remained in prison for more than two decades, until his release, on April 11, 1989. Faithful to Christ and to Pope, he returned to the religious life and wrote "Live to Tell: A True Story of Religious Persecution in Communist Albania" before his death, in 2007.
VIVA CRISTO REY! RROFTE KRISHTI MBRET!
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THERESA MARIE MOREAU is an award-winning reporter who covers Catholicism and Communism.