Father Dedë Malaj was arrested on November 7, 1958, for politcal reasons: he was a practicing Catholic priest in a Socialist State, accused of being an enemy of the People, a traitor to the State. Albania was the first atheist State.
At the trial, while he glorified Christ and the Church, he also dared to criticize the government, led by the Communist Party with its theophobic Socialist ideology of death and destruction.
After he was sentenced to death, he was executed by gunshot, on May 12, 1959.
VIVA CRISTO REY! RROFTE KRISHTI MBRET!
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THERESA MARIE MOREAU is an award-winning reporter who covers Catholicism and Communism.