A FEW old priests—who are allowed to say Mass but not to hear confessions or administer any sacrament—are almost the only clergy left with any freedom in Albania now, according to two young Albanian men who
recently arrived in Italy.
Of the 120 priests formerly working in the country, states the C.1.P. Catholic news agency in Rome. quoting the young men. 40 have been executed without trial, 30 are in prison and many have been conscripted for military service in districts where there are no Catholics.
Tcn have found refuge outside Albania.
No successor can he appointed to the late Archbishop of Scutari—the only member of the Hierarchy in recent years who has died a natural death.
The Archbishop of Durazzo. Mgr. Prennushi. 0.F.M., was imprisoned with Abbot Gjini, who was hanged three years ago, The Bishop of Sappa, Mgr. Voliar, was shot in 1948. The Bishop of Pulati, Mgr. Shlaku, is under house arrest in conditions similar to those of Archbishop Bcran in Prague. The Bishop of Alessio died in prison about two years ago. But behind locked doors and covered windows the Faith still lives. In many homes the Rosary is said every day.