A documentary about two Croat Catholic priests -- Friar Serafin Glasnovic Kodic and Rev. Anton Muzic-- who were killed by the Albanian Communist regime and who were beatified as members of the Blessed Martyrs of Albania by Pope Francis in November 2016, was shown in Kotor, Montenegro, on Friday evening.
The notion "the Blessed Martyrs of Albania" refers to 38 individuals killed during the Communist regime in Albania from 1945 until 1974. The group includes Italians, Albanians, Germans and members of other nationalities, apart from those two Croat priests, and they were tortured and killed by the Communist regime in Albania for their Christian faith. The beatification ceremony took place in the northwestern Albanian city of Shkoder last year.
The documentary was made by director Bozo Vodopija.
Friar Serafin Glasnovic Kodic was born on 25 April 1893 in Janjevo, Kosovo was ordained in 1925 and celebrated his first Mass on 30 July 1925. This friar was arrested by the Communist regime and tortured for two weeks in 1947 and died after that.
Rev. Anton Muzic was born in in Vrnavokolo, Kosovo, in 1921 and was ordained in 1945. This Catholic priest died of the consequences of torture in 1948.
In attendance the film presentation in St. Paul's Church in that Montenegrin coastal city was Croatian Ambassador to Montenegro, Veselko Grubisic.