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ANAΛEKTA KPYΠTOΦEPPHΣ (Analekta Kryptoferris)
No. 7

Ines Angeli Murzaku

Returning Home to Rome? The Monks of Grottaferrata in Albania


Giacchè siamo ancora vivi ... faccimoci vivi, this is how Monk Nilo Borgia began his March 1939 letter to Monk Daniele Barbiellini who at that time was working in Elbasan, central Albania. Borgia, a scholar and prolific ecclesiastical historian, informed Barbiellini that he had begun his work on the second volume of the history of Basilian Monks in Albania. Borgia was making no promise to write the third volume of the history of the monks in Albania. In fact, in 1939 that history was still unfolding. Borgia, who died after three years, in 1942, was asking Barbiellini to write that part of the history of the Basilians in Albania. Neither Borgia nor Barbiellini would have anticipated that a woman would investigate this multi-layered Basilian Monks history in Albania.


Angelo Longo Editore

Universita di Bologna
istituto per l'Europa centro-orientale e balcanica
No. 30

Edited by: Ines Angeli Murzaku

Quo Vadis Eastern Europe? Religion, State and Society after Communism


In Quo Vadis Eastern Europe? Religion, State and Society after Communism, the focus is to present the newest research and thought on religion in Eastern Europe. The invited authors analyze the radically changed religious situation in the former communist countries and give some perspective on the future of religious coexistence in the area. This volume provides accurate source material for scholars, area specialists, and students interested in the region. The invited authors, among the best internationally recognized scholars in the field, present sophisticated analysis of common religiously motivated patterns that have historically faced and are facing the region. The first part of the book evaluates major theoretical observations focusing on common phenomena facing the countries under investigation, including Bulgaria, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, and Slovakia. The second part of the volume is a country-specific case study investigation. Sample countries from Central Eastern Europe -- including Russia, Georgia, Poland and Slovenia -- will be under scrutiny. The third part of the volume focuses on the Balkans and the troubled religious, political, and social problems facing the region. Balkan countries -- including Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia – are the focus.


Edizioni Orientalia Christiana of
The Pontifical Oriental Institute

Orientalia Christiana Analecta No. 277

Ines A. Murzaku

Catholicism, Culture, Conversion:
The History of the Jesuits in Albania (1841-1946)


This book synthesizes the great number of primary sources on the history of the Jesuits in Albania, providing an in-depth analysis of this amazing story. It answers many questions, including, Why did the Jesuits choose an overwhelmingly Muslim country to exercise their ministries and establish their institutions? Why had Catholicism previously failed in Albania? Did the Jesuits contribute to the revival of Albanian Catholicism?

The book explores the Jesuits’ call in Albania, beginning in 1843 when three Italian Jesuits set foot for the first time in Albania, to the Jesuits’ third expulsion from the country in 1945, this time by the communist government of Enver Hoxha. Based exclusively on primary sources from the Vatican, Roman, Venetian and Albanian Archives, the book explores the truth about the Jesuits’ work in Albania. It also looks at Albanian and Balkan ecclesiastical history and, following a chronological development, how the Jesuit history fits into the bigger picture.

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