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Caption: Pope Francis passes an image of Mother Teresa, who was born in Albania, as he arrives to celebrate Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis passes an image of Mother Teresa, who was born in Albania, as he arrives to celebrate Mass in Mother Teresa Square in Tirana, Albania, Sept. 21. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Don't use God as 'armor' for waging violence, pope says in Albania

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

TIRANA, Albania (CNS) -- In a world "where an authentic religious spirit is being perverted and where religious differences are being distorted and exploited," Albania is an "aspiring example" to everyone that peaceful coexistence is possible, Pope Francis said during a one-day visit to the country Sept. 21.

The people of this Balkan nation withstood centuries of Ottoman rule followed by an independence that degenerated into decades of oppressive communist control. The totalitarian regime founded by Enver Hoxha claimed to liberate the people from the constraints of all religions, turning the country into the only atheist nation in the world until the regime's downfall in 1991.
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-- Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, head of the Vatican Congregation for Eastern Churches, tells the inaugural In Defense of Christians summit in Washington why the conflict in which Islamic State fighters are driving Christians and other minorities from their homelands in Iraq and Syria should not be seen as a war between Islam and Christianity.

-- Pope Francis presides at a wedding of 20 Roman couples in St. Peter's Basilica.

-- Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington, outlines a pastoral plan for evangelizing in a diocese still experiencing fallout from clerical sexual abuse cases that led to a declaration of bankruptcy a decade ago.


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