Photo of the Week: Balkan bulletin

Author: Sarah Cahalan '14

Potwalbania Photo by Sarah Cahalan '14

Our Photos of the Week have spanned countries from South Korea to Ireland, but this week’s dispatch comes from a slightly lesser-known foreign post: Tirana, Albania. Associate editor Sarah Cahalan spent the first week of May in this Eastern European capital profiling Archbishop Charles Brown ’81, the recently appointed papal nuncio to Albania. 


So what’s an average week like for an ambassador of the Holy See? During the magazine’s visit, it included a gallery opening in a fallen dictator’s villa, a Mass on the coast attended by three minibuses’ worth of traditionally costumed folk dancers, a multilingual conference on interfaith dialogue, and wine and canapés with a sneaker-clad prime minister. Here, the nuncio (left) chats with German ambassador Susanne Schütz following a May 5 wreath-laying at Tirana’s National Martyrs’ Cemetery.


Stay tuned for the full story on Archbishop Brown in our autumn issue. In the meantime, check out all the highlights from our latest issue here.


Photo of the Week is a new weekly series at highlighting photos of notable happenings on campus and in the Notre Dame family around the world. Have a snapshot you think we should see? Email to be considered for publication.