Tirana, Albania, June 29, 2020
His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Albania is recovering well following an emergency angioplasty procedure on Friday, and is expected to return to his duties today.
Just two days prior, the Archbishop, 90, had celebrated the 28th anniversary of his election as the primate of the Albanian Church.
The Secretariat of the Archdiocese of Tirana and Durres reports:
On Friday, June 26th, 2020, His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana, Durres, and All Albania, was admitted to the Hygeia Hospital in Tirana after cardiac discomfort. He was diagnosed with coronary artery stenosis and on the same day an angioplasty was successfully performed with the placement of two stents. Today, Saturday, glory be to God, He recovery is particularly satisfactory. The attending physicians informed Him that in two days He can return to His duties.
Albanian President Ilir Meta wished His Beatitude well, saying:
I express my wishes to Archbishop Anastasios Yannulatos of Tirana, Durres and All Albania and wish him to recover as soon as possible and return to his duties after a successful operation for coronary bypass surgery. I wish the Archbishop to return as soon as possible to the important work in which he is engaged. I also have to thank the doctors and hospital staff who made sure everything went well. I am proud of the Archbishop’s great contribution to the Autocephalous Albanian Church, especially in terms of building trust and harmonious relations between the country’s religious communities, which is a unique example for the whole world to follow.