Rome Newsroom, 12 January, 2022 / 2:10 pm (ACI Africa).
An Albanian nun who inspired Pope Francis with her courageous faith under communist persecution has died at the age of 92.
Sister Marije Kaleta risked her life to bring Holy Communion to the sick and dying under the regime of dictator Enver Hoxha, whose communist government destroyed churches and martyred Catholics in its effort to create an atheist state.
Albania is a country of 2.8 million people on southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, bordered by Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Greece. It was under communist rule from the 1940s to 1992.
Pope Francis was so moved by Kaleta’s story that he mentioned it in a homily four years later as “a beautiful example of the Church as a mother.”