Luigj Bumçi

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Luigj Bumçi
Dom Luigj Bumci, Albanian Catholic Bishop and politician.jpg
Born (1872-11-07)November 7, 1872
Shkodër, Ottoman Empire
Died March 1, 1945(1945-03-01) (aged 72)
Occupation Catholic priest, bishop, politician
Known for Paris Peace Conference

Luigj Bumçi (1872-1945) was an Albanian Catholic religious and political figure.


Dom Luigj Bumçi was born in Shkodër, back then in the Scutari Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire, on 7 November 1872 in an Albanian Catholic family. He was the nephew of writer and Rilindas Pashko Vasa.[1]

Bumçi trained for the priesthood in his native town and, in January 1912, was made bishop of Lezhë. In 1918, he participated in the Congress of Durrës and was elected Minister without Portfolio in the government of Turhan Pasha that came out of the congress.[2] In 1919, he was sent by the government to preside over the Albanian delegation to the Paris Peace Conference. He intermediated through the Pope Benedict XV for opposing the Venizelos–Tittoni agreement for partitioning of Albania between Italy and Greece.[3] He also participated in the Congress of Lushnje in January 1920 and, as a representative of the Catholic community, was elected to the four-member High Regency Council (Albanian: Këshilli i Lartë i Regjencës). Together with Aqif Pasha Biçaku he took part in a coup d’état in December 1921 and was later relieved of his duties on the High Council by Ahmet Zogu.[1]

Thereafter, with some advice from Vatican, Bumçi withdrew from politics and returned to his ecclesiastical duties. He kept close relationship with Gjergj Fishta and Luigj Gurakuqi. He lobbied a lot for enabling Gurakuqi to enter the Assembly of Albania.

He was arrested by the communist authorities right after World War II. Tired of age and interrogations he died on 1 March 1945.

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  1. ^ a b Robert Elsie (2010), Historical Dictionary of Albania, Historical Dictionaries of Europe, 75 (2 ed.), Scarecrow Press, p. 62, ISBN 978-0810861886 
  2. ^ Constantin Anastas Chekrezi, ed. (February 1919). "The Provisional Albanian Government - Hail, Free Albania!". The Adriatic Review. Boston, MA: Vatra. 1 (5-6): 186. Retrieved 2013-12-16. 
  3. ^ Kolec Çefa (2012-11-12), Imzot Bumçi, një personalitet i shquar në historinë tonë kombëtare (me rastin e 140-vjetorit të lindjes) [Dom Bumci, a distinguished personality of our national history (for the 140 birth anniversary)] (in Albanian), Gazeta Republika, retrieved 2014-02-13