Pope arrives in Albania for one-day visit

Pope arrives in Albania for one-day visit
Pope Francis arrives at the International airport of Tirana on Sept 21. The pontiff travels to Albania for a packed one-day visit that will spotlight the country as a model of inter-religious harmony, amid turmoil in the Middle East and rising intolerance in Europe.

TIRANA, Albania - Pope Francis arrived in Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit that will highlight the mainly-Muslim country as a model of inter-religious harmony, amid turmoil in the Middle East and rising intolerance in Europe.

The pontiff's plane landed at Tirana's Mother Teresa airport at 0700 GMT.

Authorities stepped up security to its highest level across the Balkan country after warnings from Iraq that Islamic State jihadists could be planning an attack on the Catholic leader.

The trip is the pope's first official European visit outside of Italy.

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