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(from the Chicago Tribune, Sept. 27, 1992) Once-atheist Albania wants pope to visit VATICAN CITY -- Albania has invited Pope John Paul II to visit the Balkan country that called itself the "world's first atheist state" while under communist rule. Albanian Premier Aleksander Meksi met Friday with the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, to discuss the Roman Catholic Church's attempts to reorganize in Albania, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro said.

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