Father Ejëll Kovaçi was arrested, charged with the trumped-up charges of foreign espionage and persecuted by the Communists with their theophobic Socialist ideology of death and destruction.
During World War II, the newly formed Albanian Communist Party had slyly and slowly taken control of the Albanian government until they grabbed control of the country, in November of 1944.
Enver Hoxha became the Party's first secretary, on November 8, 1944, and he reigned over a brutal regime, which targeted intellectuals and members of the Catholic Church, especially priests.
Father Ejëll Kovaçi was sentenced to death and shot, on November 13, 1958.
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THERESA MARIE MOREAU is an award-winning reporter who covers Catholicism and Communism.