THE REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN ALBANIA AFTER 1990: THE MUSLIM, ORTHODOX AND CATHOLIC COMMUNITIES
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After the overthrow of the communist regime, which was a materialistic spirit and based all development and life on its own forces, the cultural-religious life resumed. The people in this chaotic religious beginning despite having religious objects and knowledge of their religious background were still very limited in their religion.
During this time many missionaries of all religious beliefs, tendentious groups, different sects took place in Albania proclaiming their platforms using many methods to attract the youth towards them. In this direction, neither words nor numerous investments were spared in the direction of initiating the youth to become part of them. During this time, the well-known religious leaders and representatives who, because of their religious attitudes, spent part of their lives in communist prisons, resumed their mission.
Considering the importance of this topic the aim of this paper is to highlight the steps that were undertaken by religious communities in Albania after the end of the communist era, to revive the religious life in the country. Another important objective is to unveil the tortures and persecution that religious clergy faced from communist leaders and representatives.
Actually, in Albania there are five official religious communities, but in the scope of this research paper are Muslim, Orthodox and Catholic communities.
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