When Madness Reigned
The crisis in Albania from the perspective of a missionary priest of the Orthodox Church of Albania
by Luke Veronis
April 2, 1997. Recent events in Albania can only be described as madness—senseless destruction, meaningless deaths, countless injuries, overwhelming despair, and a continual fear and uncertainty for the future.
I recall words of wisdom Archbishop Anastasios, the head of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania, shared with me several times over the past three years. Whenever we experienced some frustrating difficulty or setback, he would say, “Remember, Albania was a country that Satan controlled for 50 years. Don’t think that he is going to sit back and allow us to bring the light of Christ into this land witho . . .