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Mid-October this year, the Arrupe Center organized training for more than 30 Catholic headmasters in the port city of Durres in Albania. The main subject of the training was the ability to enlist donors and how to protect the children from sexual abuse. The classes were conducted by: dr. Dema Muca, Father Adam Żak SJ and Father Wojciech Żmudziński SJ. The trainers worked on concrete cases to develop ways responding to school emergencies and to prevent abuse against minority  as well as how to organize the work of the development office.

The Pedro Arrupe Center of Education for Leaders and Educators has been cooperating with the Albania Bishops' Commission for Education for several years. It not only spports the headmasters and teachers of Catholic schools but also assists schools in their development and organization of funds. The activities of the Arrupe Center in Albania are carried out in cooperation with the Association of Christian Educational Works and financed by the US Episcopate.

The most famous Catholic school in Albania in Shkodër  is led by the Jesuits. It is a continuation of the College of the Xavierianum, founded in 1877 and opened several years after the collapse of the regime in 1994. After World War II, two Jesuits Father Giovanni Fausti and Father Daniel Dajani working at the school were sentenced to death and executed  by the Communist government. Both fathers are revered for their faithfulness to Christ. They belong to a group of 38 martyrs of the Communist regime and they are proclaimed blessed. We remember them on November 5th. The school is named after Father Peter Meszkala, who died in 1988. He is also a symbol of steadfastness over the decades of persecution.

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