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Monks Show Greek Philoxenia by Assisting Homeless Victims of Albania Quake

Official addressing monks and assembled guests at the monastery. Photo from Romfea.gr

Representatives of the Albanian authorities recently visited the Monastery of Saint Blaise (Agios Vlasios) in Albania to express their gratitude for the generous hospitality the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of the country has shown to the victims of the recent earthquake that struck the small nation.

The Director of the Emergency Services of Albania, along with the local governor of Durres (Dyrrachium), the city which suffered most from the quake, warmly expressed their thanks and told the many Albanian nationals who had found safe refuge in the monastery that they will soon be granted permanent living quarters.

The monastery is hosting scores of homeless people whose houses were completely demolished in the 6.4-magnitude quake which shook Greece’s neighboring state.

Most of them are members of vulnerable populations, either elderly or young people, as well as orphans.

One of the young people who currently lives in the Monastery wrote a letter to publicly thank the Greek Orthodox Church of Albania for their much-needed support at this terrible time.

“We owe a huge thank you for the help of the Monastery of St. Vlasios. We had forgotten that there was kindness and these people showed it to us. They opened their doors during the most difficult days. They gave us their smile and kindness without expecting anything from us. These people protect us and deserve our public gratitude,” the young man noted in his letter.

Both the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Albania and the Church of Greece are continuing their efforts to support the victims of the quake.

Food, medicine, funds for personal needs, and clothing are being collected by many Metropolises both in Greece and in Albania in order to support the earthquake victims.

Meanwhile, units from the Greek Army are still in Albania providing food to the victims, while Greek engineers assist Albanian authorities in their extremely difficult task of assessing the extent of the damage.

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