With a crucifix in his right hand, Father Zef Leonard Tagaj faced his executioners and shouted, "Rise Albania! May God bless the people of Albania! Christ is the King of the Immortals! Also, you too may be blessed!"
As a Catholic priest, he was persecuted in atheist Albania, a regime led by the revolutionary Communist Party with its theophobic Socialist ideology of death and destruction,
As his words ended, the firing squad shot the fatal bullets into the priest, on February 4, 1945.
VIVA CRISTO REY! RROFTE KRISHTI MBRET!