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 Eastern European countries, Kolosuono, who had confirmed that the Vatican had prepared forty Albanian bishops from Kosovo in schools in Rome and was preparing to establish a Pristina-based diogenesis, 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 Ambassador in Rome, Dashnor Dervishi, sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana, regarding the interest and intervention of the Vatican in the governments of European countries, for Albania’s accession to the Security and European Cooperation Council, as well as the problem of Nikola Troshani, former Bishop of Tirana and Durres
Mr. Ramiz, Mr. Hekuran, Mr. Adil
No. 22117 By: Rome
No. 1313 Date: 5.8.1990
The professors of Theology at the University of Rome, Andrea Ricardo and Damako at the University of Bari, told me that the Vatican is showing great interest in developments in Albania and its activity in the international arena. In particular, the Vatican expresses with interest the integration of ……
No. 22118 By: Rome
No. 1314 Date: second
….Albania in the CSCE and is intervening with the governments of Western Europe, to support Albania’s entry into the CSCE, before the Helsinki conference convenes. According to the Vatican’s traveling ambassador to Eastern European countries, Colosseum, the Vatican has prepared forty ……
No. 22119 By: Roma
No. 1315 Date: third
Albanian bishops from Kosovo, in the schools of Rome and is getting ready to create the diogenesis, based in Pristina, which will depend directly on Rome. In this context, the Vatican has decided to open its archives, making them available to Albanian scholars….
No. 22120 By: Roma
No. 1316 Date: fourth
… Documents related to Albania, starting from 1920 onwards. The aim is to historically prove the antiquity of Christianity in Albanian lands. Kolasuono has promised to issue… ..
No. 22121 By: Rome
No. 1317 Date: e pesta
… To submit a copy of Gjon Buzuku’s Meshari. According to Kolasuonos, the attitude of the Vatican would be even more sensitized, towards Albania, if the Albanian authorities would make a gesture, to give any information about the condition of the former bishop of…
No. 22122 By: Rome
No. 1318 Date: finished
..Durrës, Nikolla Troshani, with whom the Vatican has lost all connection and does not know where he is, if he is alive, etc.
Telegram of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana sent to Ambassador Dashnor Dervishi in Rome, regarding the answers he should give to the Vatican, for Nikola Troshani
No. 2978 Date: 13.8.1990
Address: Embassy of Rome
Concept: Yours no. 1313
Professors Andrea Ricardo and Bamako, who were interested in the condition of the former bishop of Durrës, Troshani, are told that he is fine and that he lives with his relatives in the district of Lezha. As we have communicated to you before, if the Vatican requests a message to be communicated to the priest in question, you reply …
No. 3644/3645 Date: 6.10.1990
Address: Embassy of Rome
Concept: Italian Ambassador De Andreis, on behalf of the 12, asked us to give explanations about three of their people, political prisoners, who were also interested in the troika during their visit here. He also mentioned the request to contact the former Bishop, Troshani. The Ambassador stressed that according to the amendments to the Criminal Code, our laws; there should be no political prisoners but only ordinary prisoners. The article on propaganda has been removed.
Telegram of the Albanian Ambassador to Rome, Dashnor Dervishi, sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tirana, for the visit made to that diplomatic headquarters by the professor of the University of Rome, Andrea Ricardi, who had expressed the congratulations of the Vatican for the reforms that are made the government of Tirana towards the democratization of the country
No. 29153 By: Rome
No. 1805 Date: 9.11.1990
Andrea Ricardi, a professor of theology at the University of Rome, told me that he had met Soldano (Vatican MFA). He had praised the recent decisions taken in Albania, as a positive and courageous step towards the democratization of life. He further added that Soldano has asked….
No. 29838 By: Roma
No. 1818 Date: 18.11.1990
… .Prof. Katapano told Gjovalin that in the high districts of the Vatican and others, the word of comrade Ramiz Alia was welcomed, regarding the changes in the constitution for the attitude towards religion, etc. He said that Monsignor Fortino and the other cardinals of that headquarters are of the opinion that Albania is taking measured and determined steps towards democratization.
No. 30117 By: Roma
No. 1830 Date: 21.11.1990
Rev. Dr. Glen Garfield Vilshims, the former economic secretary general of the churches, currently retired, paid me a visit to the embassy. Following the correspondence we have with him, he proposed to come to Albania on December 17, together with his wife. It will stay 3-4 days….
No. 30118 By: Roma
No. 1831 Date: second
He bears all the expenses of the stay himself. His wish is that during this private visit to Albania, to get acquainted with the cultural values of our country, including those with religious content, as well as the current process of developments in Albania. He requests that during his stay there, he be accompanied by a competent person to help him organize the visits and any meeting with the Cultural Committee.
No. 30119 By: Roma
No. 1832 Date: finished
We think that his request should be met, as he is an influential person, in religious circles and international institutions of a socio-political character. Please authorize us, to issue the visa to communicate with our representation in Geneva, to withdraw it there, as it resides in Geneva.
No. 4187 Date 13.12.1990
Address: Embassy of Rome
Concept: Your No. 1805
In case the Vatican asks you again to deliver the Pope’s greeting for the priest Troshani, take it and tell them that we will deliver it to the addressee
No. 29154 By: Rome
No. 1806 Date: finished
to intervene once again near our embassy to receive a greeting letter from the Vatican, to forward to the priest Nikola Troshani. Prof. Ricardi expects an answer from us, if we take over this job.
The letter of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Reiz Malile, addressed to the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hekuran Isai, regarding the letter that the Foreign Minister of the Vatican sent to Nikol Troshani, the former Bishop of Durrës and Tirana, who lived in the district of Lezha
As we talked together, we are sending you an envelope that the Vatican Foreign Minister is sending to Nikola Troshani. Separately, I am sending you a photocopy for you, translated into Albanian. Before proceeding, it is best to familiarize yourself with the contents of the letter.
Tirana on December 24, 1990
The letter of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Reiz Malile, sent to the Albanian Embassy in Rome, for the letter of the Vatican sent to the former Bishop of Durrës and Tirana, Nikola Troshani
No. 4291 Date: 27.12.1990
Address: Embassy of Rome (Comrade Dashnor)
Concept: The letter you sent to the priest Troshani was delivered to the interested party by the Executive Committee of Lezha./Memorie.al
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