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A travel with volunteers to Montenegro

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On October 6, 2007, Malteser Albania wanted to have a travel with all its volunteers, who have been offering their precious contribute during the Summer Camp 2007 in Velipoja.
Taking into consideration the desire of volunteers, it was decided to have a travel through Montenegro, in some of the lovely places.
There were 23 volunteers taking part and 2 staff members, who accompanied them and the travel was made by bus along the amazing coast.
After some hours the first stop was in Kotor, where many tourists get attracted from the old town and its castle and the wonderful sight of the coast. Then, on the way back, the volunteers would see and hear the story of some ancient Catholic and Orthodox Churches built in the middle of the water or at the foot of the mountains. The second stop was in Budva, one of the beaches of Montenegro, which, even though summer had gone, had still many tourists wandering around. The third and the last stop was in Ulqin, another attractive beach, with its wonderful sea and castle.
It was a short but a meaningful travel, a chance to relax from the works and studies of the week and to better appreciate the creation of God.
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"Our Lady of Lourdes" in the cave of Koman

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On May 19, 2007 there was celebrated the 10th anniversary of placing the statue of "Our Lady of Lourdes" in the cave in Koman, Shkodër. It was placed there ten years ago, after the turbulences which took place in Albania during March 1997. Three years ago this statue was replaced with a bigger one. Each year the faithful of Koman and other surroundings go on pilgrimages to pray to Our Lady and ask her intercession.
On this day the celebration started with the Rosary and the greeting of Don Antonio Giovannini, the parish priest of Koman, followed by the greeting of the delegate of Lourdes H.E. Bishop Jacques Perrier, and dances prepared for the case. There were many faithful present, young boys and girls, and the members of the Legion of Mary in Albania.
After, the pilgrimage started toward the cave where the statue of Our Lady is placed. The Mass was celebrated by H.E. Bishop Angelo Massafra, in co-celebration with H.E. Bishop Lucian Avgustini, H.E. Bishop Jacques Perrier and many priests. The faithful attended the Mass from the ferry.
A 30 minute journey followed with ferry directed to an island, to be soon baptized as the "island of peace" where hundreds of doves symbolizing peace would touch the blue sky.
With the request of H.E Bishop Lucian Avgustini, the Spiritual Leader of Malteser Albania, 17 members of the Malteser staff and volunteers were present for the celebrations of this anniversary in Koman, where they were to offer their medical assistance when needed, with an ambulance, two cars and the needed equipment.

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