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Sacred Heart Cathedral in Sarajevo, where Pope Francis met with priests, religious, and seminarians, June 6, 2015.

The Muslim, the Catholic cardinal, and the church in Bosnia that could help heal deep divisions

Aug 30, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

A prominent Bosnian cardinal has said that “forgiveness can be achieved” following the consecration of a Catholic church in the... Read more

Pope Francis receives Croatia’s President Zoran Milanović at the Vatican, Nov. 15, 2021.

Croatian president raises plight of Bosnia’s Catholic minority during Vatican visit

Nov 15, 2021

By CNA Staff

President Zoran Milanović met with Pope Francis and senior officials. Read more

Pope Francis at World Youth Day in Poland, July 2016.

Pope Francis to Medjugorje youth festival: Christ frees us ‘from the seduction of idols’

Aug 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“Have the courage to live your youth by entrusting yourselves to the Lord and setting out on a journey with... Read more

Cardinal Vinko Puljić in Marija Bistrica, Croatia, in 2012.

Bosnian cardinal: Synodal Way’s ‘exotic ideas’ alien to a Church that survived communism

May 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Vinko Puljić said: “We cannot understand a Church in which sacrifice is a foreign word.” Read more

Cardinal Vinko Puljic, center, with other Catholic bishops of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Catholic bishops: No ‘stable and just peace’ 25 years after Dayton Accords

Dec 14, 2020

The Dayton Agreement, signed in Paris 25 years ago today, ended the Bosnian War but failed to create “a stable... Read more

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Historic peacebuilding program launches in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nov 15, 2017

When Pope Francis visited Bosnia and Herzegovina two years ago, he found a country still healing from a devastating conflict two... Read more

A statue of Our Lady in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Vatican appoints pastoral envoy to Medjugorje

Feb 11, 2017

Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warszawa-Praga as a delegate of the Holy See to look into... Read more

Pope Francis greets musicians at the apostolic nunciature in Sarajevo June 6, 2015.

Pope Francis on Medjugorje: it's almost decision time

Jun 6, 2015

By Elise Harris

When asked by a Bosnian journalist about the status of his decision on the Marian apparitions in Medjugorje on his... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight to Sarajevo June 6, 2015.

Pope talks Medjugorje, coming encyclical on return from Bosnia

Jun 6, 2015

By Elise Harris, Alan Holdren

On his return flight from Sarajevo to Rome Pope Francis told journalists a final decision on the highly debated Mejugorje... Read more

Pope Francis outside the apostolic nunciature in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 6, 2015.

Bosnia can be a sign of unity in a world torn by conflict, Pope says

Jun 6, 2015

Pope Francis met with leaders of the prominent religions represented in Bosnia and Herzegovina during his day-trip its capital, telling... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Sarajevo’s Kosevo Stadium June 6, 2015.

Pope tells Bosnians to be 'tenacious' workers for peace

Jun 6, 2015

By Ann Schneible

During his daytrip to a country still marred by the effects of a recent war, Pope Francis said peace is... Read more

Vrbanja bridge where Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sucic, and later Bosko Brkic and Admira Ismic died.

'Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo' highlight pain of loss in Bosnian War

Jun 5, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

When Pope Francis visits Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow, he will be visiting a country still devastated by the three-year Bosnian... Read more

A cross in Sarajevo's Kosevo stadium, June 5, 2015.

Justice, peace and equality: Sarajevo's hopes for papal visit

Jun 5, 2015

By Elise Harris, Kevin J. Jones

Pope Francis’ visit to Sarajevo could be an opportunity to advance peace, equality, and justice for Bosnia and Herzegovina, despite... Read more

The minaret of a mosque lit in Sarajevo, Bosina-Hersegovina June 4, 2015.

Twenty years after war, Bosnians working to reclaim first victim: trust

Jun 5, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A key Muslim figure in Bosnia said that “mutual trust” was the first victim of the country’s recent war –... Read more

A Catholic parish, a mosque, and a Serbian Orthodox parish in Bosanska Krupa, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Catholics voice hope that Pope Francis will build bridges in Bosnia

Jun 3, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Pope Francis will find a country still suffering from ethnic and religious suspicion when he visits Bosnia and Herzegovina this... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, April 29, 2015.

For upcoming Sarajevo visit, Pope Francis makes peace his mission statement

Jun 2, 2015

Pope Francis sent his greetings to the people of Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a video message... Read more

A statue of Our Lady in Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Pope Francis' Bosnian visit to steer clear of Medjugorje

May 22, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis’ one-day trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina this June will not include a visit to Medjugorje, the location of... Read more