Blessed Qerim Sadiku

Blessed Qerim SadikuMemorial

Profile

Qerim served in the Albanian gendarmerie in the reign of Zog I, rising to the rank of lieutenant. During World War II, he ran a shop and avoided politics. He married Marije Vata in September 1944. After the war, when the Communists took over Albania, Querim was known to be antiCommunist, pro-Albanian nationalist, and a very pious Catholic, spending much time in prayer and none in violence. He was arrested on 3 December 1945 for opposing the mandatory, one-party-only vote, and for being a member of the Albanian Union, which the Communists considered violent fascists. After a show trial, Qerim was sentenced to death. Martyr. His only child was born six months after his death.

Born

Died

  • shot by a machine-gun squad at 6am on 4 March 1946 at the Varrezat e Rrmajit cemetery on the Rruga Hile Mosi in Shkodrë, Albania
  • the body was left laying outside for a day to show the locals what would happen to those who opposed the Communists
  • buried with other martyrs in a mass grave near the nearby river bed on the night of 5 March; rubbish bins were stacked on the grave to conceal it

Venerated

Beatified

Additional Information

Readings

I forgive those who may have hurt me. I forgive those who have sentenced me, as well as my executioners. Long live Christ our King. Long live Albania! Blessed Qerim’s last words

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Qerim Sadiku“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2019. Web. 17 July 2019. <>