Pope Francis to make one-day trip to Albania in September

June 15, 2014 2:19 PM

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VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will make a one-day trip to Albania in September to encourage a country that "long suffered" under a communist dictatorship which tried to isolate its citizens from the world.

Tens of thousands of impoverished Albanians fled to Italy in the 1990s, crossing the Adriatic Sea in crammed ferries and fishing boats as the regime in Tirana crumbled. Many of the migrants have since integrated into Italian life.

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