Archdiocese of Shkodra-Pult

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Archdiocese of Shkodra-Pult
Basic data
Country Albania
Diocesan bishop Angelo Massafra OFM
Vicar General Nikolin Toma
founding March 14, 1867
surface 2,363 km²
Parishes 40 (2014 / AP 2015 )
Residents 238,000 (2014 / AP 2015 )
Catholics 166,700 (2014 / AP 2015 )
proportion of 70%
Diocesan priest 21 (2014 / AP 2015 )
Religious priest 34 (2014 / AP 2015 )
Catholics per priest 3,031
Friars 62 (2014 / AP 2015 )
Religious sisters 158 (2014 / AP 2015 )
rite Roman rite
Liturgical language Albanian
cathedral St. Stefan
address Kryeipeshkëvi
Sheshi Gijon Pali II
Suffragan dioceses Diocese of Lezha
Diocese of Sapa

The Archdiocese of Shkodra booth ( Latin Archidioecesis Scodrensis-Pulatensis , Albanian  Kryedioqeza e Shkodrës console ) is in Albania located Roman Catholic Archdiocese based in Shkodra .


Shkodra probably existed as a diocese as early as the 4th century . Like many other bishoprics in southeastern Europe, it perished during the Slavic conquest of the Balkans and was rebuilt in the Middle Ages. At the beginning of the 16th century , the diocese area came under Ottoman rule. In the following period, the greater part of the population turned to Islam. The Catholics were only allowed to practice their religion to a limited extent. In 1867 Shkodra was detached from the metropolis of Bar and made an archbishopric. The suffragan dioceses of Lezha , Sapa and Rrëshen are subordinate to him. The ecclesiastical province comprises the northern third of Albania and thus all those regions in which Catholicism was widespread until the Albanian ban on religion in 1967.

After Pastor Simon Jubani celebrated the first public mass after the lifting of the religious ban in November 1990, the Holy See hurried to rebuild the ecclesiastical structures of the archbishopric. In 1991 the Catholics got back the cathedral in Shkodra, which had been converted into a sports hall during the communist dictatorship. In 1992, Franco Illia was made archbishop; the episcopal ordination was donated to him by Pope John Paul II during his pastoral visit in Albania. The Jesuits reopened their seminary , which had existed before the Second World War; the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Franciscans also renewed their religious offices. In addition, there were new orders, such as the Missionaries of Charity Mother Teresa . In the meantime Shkodra is again the center of Catholic life in Albania. In 1998 the diocese of Pult was attached to the archdiocese and it was renamed Shkodra-Pult . In the same year Angelo Massafra OFM was appointed Archbishop of Shkodra.

Bishop Pjetër Bogdani († 1689) was one of the most important authors of early Albanian literature. He wrote the Cuneus Prophetarum , a collection of didactic poems and prose texts on biblical subjects. Famous vicar general (1936–1945) and later cardinal deacon (from 1994) was Mikel Koliqi , who remained faithful to his church during the decades of communist persecution.


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