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Title: The Road to Union for Orthodox Albanians
Author(s): MURZAKU, Ines Angjeli
Journal: Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
Volume: 55 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2003
The study articulates the intricate religious and political circumstances that gave rise to the movement of the Orthodox faithful of middle and southern Albania to unite with the Catholic Church during the last decade of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. This occurred at a time when the return or an exclusivist ecclesiology was ruling in the West. The article scrutinizes the beginnings of the Albanian Greek Catholic Church from 1886 until 1929, the year when the first Greek Catholic Church of Albania was dedicated. It also offers some interpretative and comparative reflections on the specific role of the union movement in Albanian national politics.