"They torture me in an inhumane way; I am so massacred that I will soon die," Father Dedë Plani wrote in a secret note to his mother.
For being a practicing Roman Catholic priest, he had been arrested by the Albanian government that had been taken over by the revolutionary Communist Party with its theophobic Socialist ideology of death and destruction.
And as he predicted, Father Plani died during torture, on April 30, 1948, in the death chambers of the prison of Scutari.
VIVA CRISTO REY! RROFTE KRISHTI MBRET!
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THERESA MARIE MOREAU is an award-winning reporter who covers Catholicism and Communism.