When religion was banned in Albania, in 1967, Father Mikel Beltoja was forced to join a farming "cooperative" in the atheist State, led by the revolutionary Communist Party with its theophobic Socialist ideology of death and destruction.
Arrested on April 19, 1973, he was accused of counterrevolutionary activities and propaganda against the State. After two trials, he was sentenced to death, but not before he used the public opportunity to condemn the Communists and their anti–Christian persecutions.
Father Mikel Beltoja was executed by firing squad, on February 10, 1974, faithful to Christ and Pope.
VIVA CRISTO REY! RROFTE KRISHTI MBRET!