Pope Francis to visit Tirana in September

Pope Francis to visit Tirana in September

Tirana, June 16, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

Pope Francis announced yesterday during the Sunday mass in the Vatican that on September 21, 2014, he will hold a visit to Albania. The news was also confirmed by apostolic nuncio Ramiro Molinar Ingles in Tirana.

“I have the pleasure to announce that his holiness, Pope Francis has accepted the invitation made to him and is thinking to hold a short visit to Albania on Saturday, September 21, 2014”, said Apostolic Nuncio Ramiro Molinar Ingles in a news conference delivered yesterday (Sunday) in Tirana.

“This is the fourth international visit that the Pope makes and the first one in Europe”, said the Apostolic Nuncio Ramiro Molinar Ingles.

Premier Rama: The Pope’s visit is a good omen ahead of the status

Prime minister of the country, Edi Rama considered Pope Francis’ visit to Albania as a very good omen ahead of the decision of the European Union to grant Albania the membership candidate status.

“This is a visit being made to every Albanian and every citizen of Europe in the name of love between people of peace. This is an excellent omen ahead of the EU decision on the membership candidate status for Albania. I’d like to thank the Holly Father for accepting my invitation to visit Albania. Allow me to make an unusual wish, but which comes out in a natural way: “May God always bless Albania like this!”, said Rama. /ibna/