Religious observance islam and communism pdf practice is generally lax and polls have shown that, compared to the populations of other countries, few Albanians consider religion to be a dominant factor in their lives. Christianity spread to the region during the 4th century. Ecclesiastical records during the Slavic invasions are slim.
Though the country was in the fold of Byzantium, Christians in the region remained under the jurisdiction of the Roman pope until 732. Rome in the Iconoclastic Controversy, detached the church of the province from the Roman pope and placed it under the patriarch of Constantinople. At this point, they are already fully Christianized. Catholicism would be especially notable under the aegis of the Kingdom of Albania. Krujë, however, became an important center for the spread of Catholicism. Its bishopric had been Catholic since 1167.
It was under direct dependence from the pope and it was the pope himself who consecrated the bishop. Local Albanian nobles maintained good relations with the Papacy. Its influence became so great, that it began to nominate local bishops. The Archbishopric of Durrës, one of the primary bishoprics in Albania had initially remained under the authority of Eastern Church after the split despite continuous, but fruitless efforts from the Roman church to convert it to the Latin rite. In 1208, a Catholic archdeacon was elected for the archbishopric of Durrës. 1214, the Latin Archbishop of Durrës was replaced by an Orthodox archbishop. 1372 received a Catholic bishop due to close relations between the Balsha family and the Papacy.
Catholic dioceses, churches and monasteries were founded, a number of different religious orders began spreading into the country, and papal missionaries traversed its territories. Those who were not Catholic in Central and North Albania converted and a great number of Albanian clerics and monks were present in the Dalmatian Catholic institutions. Catholic political structure had emerged, facilitating the further spread of Catholicism in the Balkans. Durrës became again a Catholic archbishopric in 1272. Other territories of the Kingdom of Albania became Catholic centers as well. Butrint in the south, although dependent on Corfu, became Catholic and remained as such during 14th century. The bishopric of Vlore also converted immediately following the founding of the Kingdom of Albania.
Queen consort of the Serbian Kingdom, in North Albania and in Serbia. New bishoprics were created especially in North Albania, with the help of Helen. 1327, Skopje sees a Dominican appointed. However, in Durrës the Byzantine rite continued to exist for a while after Angevin conquest. Dominican priests were also ordered as bishops in Vlorë and Butrint. Catholic peoples, the “Latins” and the “Albanians”, who both had their own language.