Memorie.al publishes some unknown documents extracted from the Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana, which belong to 1990, where there is a correspondence of the Albanian embassy in Rome, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana, where the Albanian ambassador , Dashnor Dervishi, informs Minister Reiz Malile and his other superiors in Tirana, regarding the letter sent to that diplomatic mission by the Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop, Angelo Sodano, who expressed the desire to come to Albania himself , in order to meet the former Catholic priest, Monsignor Nikola Troshani, who after spending years in the prisons of the communist regime of Enver Hoxha, at that time was working in agriculture in the villages of the district of Lezha. Full correspondence between the Albanian embassy in Rome and the top officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana, where in addition to the great interest shown by the Vatican for the former Bishop, Nikola Troshani with whom they had lost all contact since time of his imprisonment and did not know if he was still alive, as well as the congratulations to the Albanian government for the reception he gave to Mother Teresa, Ambassador Dervish informs his superiors that the two professors of Theology at the University of Rome, Andrea Ricardo and Damako at the University of Bari, had been told that: The Vatican was showing great interest in developments in Albania and its activity in the international arena, where in particular the Holy See was expressing interest in Albania’s integration into the CSCE and was intervening closely Western European governments to support its accession to the CSCE before the Helsinki Conference, etc., and to the efforts of the Vatican’s ambassador Eastern European countries, Colossuo, who had confirmed that the Vatican had trained forty Albanian bishops from Kosovo in schools in Rome and was preparing to establish a diocese based in Pristina, which would depend directly on Rome.
Starting from the long ordeal of almost 45 years of the Catholic Clergy in Albania under the dictatorial regime of Enver Hoxha, where dozens of clergymen were shot (with and without trial), imprisoned and interned, as well as the change of political climate in most of former communist countries of Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, where as a result official Tirana in May 1990 enacted the law on freedom of religion, the Holy See of the Vatican headed by Pope John Paul II, through the Secretary of the Vatican City State, Archbishop Angelo Sodano, as well as its diplomats accredited in various countries of the world, immediately began to “move the stones” to enter into talks with the government of Tirana, which initially asked for information about the former the Catholic priest, Monsignor Nikola Troshani, as they had lost all contact with him since the time of his imprisonment and did not know if he was still alive! Among other things, this is made known by a series of archival documents extracted from the Archive of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where there is a voluminous file with the correspondence of the Albanian Embassy in Rome with his superiors in Tirana, which Memorie.al e publishes for the first time to its readers, in several issues of the historical dossier section.
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Telegram of the Albanian Embassy in Poland, sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana, regarding the receptions given by the Vatican Embassy in Warsaw
No. 23514 By: Warsaw
No.640 Data 22.8.1990
For about 9 months since the Dean of the diplomatic corps became the representative of the Vatican, I have not participated in the receptions that the Vatican made, in its hall for ambassadors on the occasion of his departure. This has caught the eye of colleagues, to whom I have told that I have not come with since…
No. 23515 By: Warsaw
No. 641 Date: second
… We have no diplomatic relations with the Vatican. Some of them have told me that they go there to share with colleagues they have worked with for so many years, not for the Vatican. On 30 and 31 August….
No. 23316 By: Warsaw
No. 642 Date: finished
… The occasion to be followed by the ambassadors of Bulgaria, Greece, and Yugoslavia, with whom I had more contacts. Please guide me how to act….
Letter from the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sokrat Plaka, to the Albanian Embassy in Poland, regarding the receptions given by the Vatican Embassy
No. 3111 Date: 28.8.1990
Address: Embassy (Comrade Viron)
Concept: Yours 640
Take part in the activities organized by the Vatican representation, in the capacity of a diplomat for the departure ceremony of the incumbents.
Telegram from the Albanian Embassy in Belgrade, sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana, for the reception given by the Milosevic government to a delegation consisting of representatives of several religious religions, as well as the problem of poisoning of Kosovo students
No. 25062 By: Belgrade
No. 2518 Date: 10.9.1990
These days a delegation of a religious nature, of such an international non-governmental organization, consisting of a Jewish rabbi, a Catholic priest and an Orthodox, was here to visit. This was told to me by a diplomat of Albanian origin…
No. 25063 By: Belgrade
No. 2519 Date: second
… At the Vatican embassy who had met with the delegation. The President of Yugoslavia also paid special attention to this delegation, which not only received them but provided them with a helicopter to go to Pristina….
No. 25064 By: Belgrade
No. 2520 Date: third
The Vatican diplomat said that all these cares of Milosevic, cannot influence the impressions that man creates during his visit to Kosovo. The Arbëresh priest felt calm that the delegation had made contact with the priests….
No. 25065 By: Belgrade
No. 2521 Date: fourth
Kat .Catholic in Kosovo and especially with the Archbishop of Ferizaj, Lush Marku, who some time ago, had been to a seminar in Rome and had spoken in the presence of Prime Minister Andreoti, about the situation in Kosovo.
No. 25066 By: Belgrade
No. 2522 Date: and fifth
According to the Vatican diplomat, the Catholic Church of Kosovo stands in a strong national position and will bring to an end the issue of medicines, which were taken in Ferizaj by the Serbian authorities.
No. 25067 By: Belgrade
No. 2523 Date: sixth (finished)
This action was so absurd, said the interlocutor, which the same propaganda that until yesterday said that there was no poisoning in Kosovo, now declares that the medicines found in the Catholic churches of Kosovo, and were the cause of the poisoning.
No. 25068 By: Belgrade
No. 2524 Date: seventh
Then the question arises, was there poisoning or not? The Archbishop of the Catholic Church of Ferizaj, who has sent a letter to all federal, republican, and provincial leaders of the country, insists and presents the complete documentation of all submissions with…
No. 25069 By: Belgrade
No. 2525 Date: the eighth
… Medicines that are made from different countries of the world, to help those who do not have money to buy medicines, or to find those kinds of medicines that are missing in the domestic market. He is also ready to submit the documentation…
No. 25070 By: Belgrade
No. 2526 Date: finished
… Full of persons who have been assisted with medication and the type of medication provided. On this basis he will demand the return of all drugs that have been illegally confiscated from him and the opinion is that I will achieve this goal…
No. 30836 By: Belgrade
No. 3206 Date: 3.12.1990
At a reception, the Vatican ambassador suggested that he pay me a visit to get acquainted with the internal developments in our country. I did not arrange anything with him but told him that we would have opportunities to talk. In case I raise the request again, I think I will accept it. We ask for your opinion.
Telegram of the Albanian Ambassador to Algeria, Dhimitër Lamani, sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana, for the invitation made by the Vatican Embassy
No. 36729 By: Algeria
No. 449 Date: 3.10.1990.
The Vatican Ambassador has invited us to a recession at his residence and at a mass in the local church on the occasion of the anniversary of Pope Jean Paul. Please let me know.
Telegram of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sokrat Plaka, sent to the Albanian Embassy in Algeria, for the invitation made by the Vatican Embassy
No. 3638 Date: 5.10.1990
Address: Embassy of Algiers (Comrade Dhimitër)
Concept: Yours 449. In the activity organized by the Vatican embassy, do not go and leave in silence.
Telegram of the Albanian Embassy in Athens, sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana, for the invitation made by the Vatican Embassy
No. 29392 By: Athens
No. 1792 Date: 21.11.1990
The Nun of the Vatican, invites me to the reception on the national holiday on December 5th. He presented his credentials a few days ago and also sent me the relevant note. Please feel free to attend the reception. /Memorie.al
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