During his general audience on September 24, Pope Francis discussed his recent apostolic journey to Albania, the South eastern European nation whose Communist regime brutally persecuted Christians and Muslims in the four decades following World War II.
“It is precisely from the intimate union with Jesus, from the relationship of love with Him, that the strength to face the painful events that led to them to martyrdom rose up in these martyrs, as in every martyr,” the Pope said. “Even today, as yesterday, the strength of the Church is not given so much by organizational capabilities or structures which are also necessary. The strength of the Church is not found there. Our strength is the love of Christ!”