It’s hard to find a patch of Europe that hasn’t been overrun by travel. Among the rocky mountains and green fields of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia there are plenty of shepherds, monasteries, lakes, valleys and Byzantine churches – what’s lacking is crowds.It’s taken decades for the Balkans to wipe away memories of conflict and communism, but (amazingly) they’ve emerged strong and smiling. Stopping for a chat, chairs are gathered around and our near-neighbour joins us for a coffee. The sun is hot, the sea is warm and welcoming and the prices are low.
He had travelled “the length and breadth of the island, serving Pope Francis and previously Pope Benedict as the representative of the Holy See”.
Albania has previously been turned down for EU membership for not doing enough to fight corruption and crime and embrace democratic reforms.
Edi Rama, the Albanian Prime Minister, said Mr Blair would use his “extraordinary experience and political geniality” to “personally, totally and voluntarily” help his government and would not receive a fee.
In the past five years, 11 episcopal appointments (to the rank of bishop) have been made in Ireland and the process is under way for seven more.
you can whip em and watch em redden and bounce right back into shape.
Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said Archbishop Brown “came among us as a diplomat, at a time when diplomacy was really needed, but he came with the heart of a pastor”.