Periphery pope: Bosnia trip aims to build bridges in divided nation

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May 14, 2015

People walk outside the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in late April in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Pope Francis will meet with priests, religious and seminarians at the capital's cathedral during his June 6 trip to Sarajevo. (CNS photo/Fehim Demir, EPA) See VATICAN LETTER May 14, 2015.

People walk outside the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in late April in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Pope Francis will meet with priests, religious and seminarians at the capital’s cathedral during his June 6 trip to Sarajevo. (CNS photo/Fehim Demir, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis’ concern for those suffering on the margins and for small Catholic communities that have kept the faith alive through war or repression will take him to Bosnia-Herzegovina in early June.

By making a one-day trip June 6 to Sarajevo, he said he hoped he could “be an encouragement for the Catholic faithful, give rise to the development of the good and contribute to strengthening fraternity, peace, interreligious dialogue and friendship.”

The trip comes just a month before the 20th anniversary of the genocide in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica and six months before the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, which ended the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II.

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