Rome Newsroom, Jan 12, 2022 / 07:10 am
An Albanian nun who inspired Pope Francis with her courageous faith under communist persecution has died at the age of 92.
Sister Marije Kaleta risked her life to bring Holy Communion to the sick and dying under the regime of dictator Enver Hoxha, whose communist government destroyed churches and martyred Catholics in its effort to create an atheist state.
Albania is a country of 2.8 million people on southeastern Europe’s Balkan Peninsula, bordered by Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Greece. It was under communist rule from the 1940s to 1992.
In a meeting with Pope Francis in Albania in 2014, the Stigmatine sister shared the story of how she baptized babies in secret during this time of persecution.