Posts tagged ‘Beatified in 2016’

Blessed Ndoc Suma

Blessed Ndoc SumaMemorial

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Ndoc studied in Albania and at the Jesuit Canisianum College in Innsbruck, Austria. He was ordained a priest in the archdiocese of Shkodrë-Pult, Albania on 21 September 1911. Arrested for his faith by Communists in Shkodrë on 8 December 1946, he was imprisoned at hard labour until his health failed; as he had become a burden, he was released. Father Ndoc never recovered, and though he died of natual causes months later, he is considered a martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Ndoc Suma“. CatholicSaints.Info. 14 January 2020. Web. 9 July 2020. <>

Blessed Maria Tuci

Blessed Maria Tuci in 1945Memorial

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Educated in a Stigmatine school, when she was old enough, Maria became a Stigmatine postulant. Elementary school teacher and catechist to children. Arrested on 10 August 1949 by Albanian Communists for refusing to give information on other people, and refusing the advances of a member of the secret police, she was tortured for over a year, including being stuff naked in a sack with an angry cat, before being martyred.

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All torture can only destroy my body. Blessed Maria

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Maria Tuci“. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 December 2019. Web. 9 July 2020. <>

Blessed Zef Marksen

Blessed Zef MarksenAlso known as

  • Josef Marxen

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Studied in Vienna, Austria, and ordained in Munich, Germany on 21 June 1936 as a priest for the diocese of Lezhë, Albania. Arrested in Shijak, Albania in February 1945 for remaining Catholic following the Communist take over. Sentenced to prison where he was eventually murdered. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Zef Marksen“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 April 2019. Web. 9 July 2020. <>

Blessed Mikel Suma

Blessed Mikel SumaAlso known as

  • Gaspër

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Studied philosphy and theology in Shkodrë, Albania, the Austrian cities of Vienna, Grac and Lankowitz, and in Genoa, Italy. Ordained a priest in Genoa on 24 July 1921. Franciscan Friar Minor. Taught at the seminary in Shkodrë. Imprisoned for his faith by Communists authorities on 24 May 1948, he was given a show trial and sentenced to prison where he died. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Mikel Suma“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 April 2019. Web. 9 July 2020. <>

Blessed Pal Prennushi

Blessed Pal PrennushiAlso known as

  • Mati

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Studied in Schaz, Austria, in Caldaro, Italy, and in Grac, Austria. Franciscan Friar Minor. Ordained a priest in Shkodrë, Albania on 25 March 1904. He served as parish priest in several places, and then as Provincial Vicar. Arrested by Communist authorities in Shkodrë on 15 November 1946 for remaining loyal to Rome and refusing to cooperate with the new state-run “church”, he was given a show trial and executed. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Pal Prennushi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 April 2019. Web. 9 July 2020. <>

Blessed Nikollë Prennushi

Blessed Nikollë PrennushiAlso known as

  • Vinçenc

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Nikollë entered the Franciscan Friars Minor in 1900, taking the name Vinçenc, and made his profession at Salzburg, Austria on 12 December 1904. He studied theology and philosopher in Innsbruck, Austria, and was ordained a priest in Salzburg on 19 March 1908. He wrote, poetry, books and articles for newspapers and magazines on political and international topics, and collected Albanian folklore. Chosen bishop of Sapë, Albania by Pope Pius XI on 27 February 1936. Chosen archbishop of Durrës, Alabania by Pope Pius XII on 26 June 1940. Arrested by Communist authorities on 19 May 1947 and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime of staying loyal to Rome and not turning everything over the national church formed by the Communists. After a show trial, he was sentenced to prison where he was tortured, abused and neglected to death. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Nikollë Prennushi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 April 2019. Web. 9 July 2020. <>

Blessed Qerim Sadiku

Blessed Qerim SadikuMemorial

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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.

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  • 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

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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. 9 July 2020. <>

Blessed Daniel Dajani

Blessed Daniel DajaniMemorial

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Feeling an early call to the priesthood, Daniel entered the Pontifical Seminary in Scutari, Albania at age 12. He joined the Jesuits in Gorizia, Albania on 8 July 1926, and made his final profession on 2 February 1942. He studied philosophy in Chieri, Italy from 1931 to 1933, and then returned to Albania in 1935 to teach Latin in the seminary. Ordained a priest on 15 July 1938. In 1940 he resumed teaching at the Scutari seminary, worked parish missions and conducted religious education in mountain parishes. Rector of Saverjane College and the Pontifical Seminary in 1944. Arrested by Communist authorities on 31 December 1945, accused of being part of the leadership of the antiCommunist Albanian Union. Father Daniel had nothing to do with the group, but following a show trial, he was executed. Martyr.

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  • shot by a machine-gun squad at 6am on 4 March 1946 at the cemetery 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

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Daniel Dajani“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 November 2019. Web. 9 July 2020. <>

Blessed Ndue Serreqi

Blessed Ndue SerreqiAlso known as

  • Karl

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Educated by Franciscan friars, he joined the Order as a young man. Seminarian in Brescia, Italy, he was ordained a priest in June 1936, taking the name Father Karl, and serving parishes in the mountain villages of Albania. He was arrested on 9 October 1946 by Communist authorities who wanted him to tell them details of the confessions of some of the antiCommunist rebels; he was imprisoned and tortured, but refused to break the seal of the Confessional and on 18 January 1947 he was sentenced to death. This was later changed to life imprisonment and he spent the next seven years being abused and neglected to death. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Ndue Serreqi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 11 December 2019. Web. 9 July 2020. <>

Blessed Rafael Alcocer Martínez

Blessed Rafael Alcocer MartínezMemorial

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Benedictine monk, Solesmes Congregation. Priest. Popular speaker, and an expert in Arab studies. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Rafael Alcocer Martínez“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 October 2016. Web. 9 July 2020. <>