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Vatican sets Nov. 5 Albania's beatification of 38 martyrs

  • FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, a view of posters with the images of Catholic priests who were executed and persecuted by the former Albanian communist regime, on the Martyrs of the Nations Boulevard, in Tirana. The Catholic Church in Albania says that Vatican has set Nov. 5, 2016 as the day of beatification of 38 Albanian religious martyrs killed by the former communist regime. In April, Pope Francis officially recognized as martyrs archbishop Vincens Prenushi and 37 other priests who died in prison or were murdered in 1945-1974 by the late communist dictator Enver Hoxha's regime, said a statement Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina, File)

(AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, a view of posters with the images of Catholic priests who were executed and persecuted by the former Albanian communist regime, on the Martyrs of the Nations Boulevard, in Tirana. The Catholic Church in Albania says that Vatican has set Nov. 5, 2016 as the day of beatification of 38 Albanian religious martyrs killed by the former communist regime. In April, Pope Francis officially recognized as martyrs archbishop Vincens Prenushi and 37 other priests who died in prison or were murdered in 1945-1974 by the late communist dictator Enver Hoxha's regime, said a statement Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina, File) (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, a view of posters with the images of Catholic priests who were executed and persecuted by the former Albanian communist regime, on the Martyrs of the Nations Boulevard, in Tirana. The Catholic Church in Albania says that Vatican has set Nov. 5, 2016 as the day of beatification of 38 Albanian religious martyrs killed by the former communist regime. In April, Pope Francis officially recognized as martyrs archbishop Vincens Prenushi and 37 other priests who died in prison or were murdered in 1945-1974 by the late communist dictator Enver Hoxha's regime, said a statement Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina, File)

(AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

    FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2014 file photo, a view of posters with the images of Catholic priests who were executed and persecuted by the former Albanian communist regime, on the Martyrs of the Nations Boulevard, in Tirana. The Catholic Church in Albania says that Vatican has set Nov. 5, 2016 as the day of beatification of 38 Albanian religious martyrs killed by the former communist regime. In April, Pope Francis officially recognized as martyrs archbishop Vincens Prenushi and 37 other priests who died in prison or were murdered in 1945-1974 by the late communist dictator Enver Hoxha's regime, said a statement Wednesday. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina, File) (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)  (The Associated Press)

The Catholic Church in Albania says that Vatican has set Nov. 5 as the day of beatification of 38 Albanian religious martyrs killed by the former communist regime.

In April, Pope Francis officially recognized as martyrs archbishop Vincens Prenushi and 37 other priests who died in prison or were murdered in 1945-1974 by the late communist dictator Enver Hoxha's regime, said a statement Wednesday.

Hoxha's regime banned religion In 1967 and persecuted its leaders and believers.

During Francis visit to Tirana in 2014 big posters of the 38 clergy were placed along the Martyrs of the Nation Boulevard downtown the capital.

Francis held up Albania, with a majority of Muslims and also with Orthodox and Catholic communities, as a model for interfaith harmony.