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Pope To Visit Sarajevo In June


Pope Francis said he would visit Sarajevo on June 6 to pray for peace and interreligious dialogue.

Pope Francis said he would visit Sarajevo on June 6 to pray for peace and interreligious dialogue.

Pope Francis has announced that he plans to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina's capital next summer.

Speaking during his weekly address at the Vatican on February 1, Francis said he would visit Sarajevo on June 6 to pray for peace and interreligious dialogue.

He asked for prayers so his one-day trip would encourage Bosnia's small Catholic population as well as "give rise to the development of good and contribute to the consolidation of brotherhood and peace."

Bosnia is ethnically divided among Muslim Bosniaks, Orthodox Serbs, and Catholic Croats.

The country is still recovering from the 1992-95 war that followed the disintegration of Yugoslavia and took more than 100,000 lives.

The last pontiff to visit Bosnia was John Paul II, who went to Sarajevo in 1997 and Banja Luka in 2003.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, and dpa
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