Pope Francis heads to Sarajevo

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VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis flies into Sarajevo on Saturday bearing a message of reconciliation 20 years after peace accords which ended Bosnia’s war but left the country divided on ethnic lines. “I come amongst you … to express my support for ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and above all to encourage peaceful cohabitation in your country,” the pope wrote in a message to residents of the historic city earlier this week. The one-day trip comes eight months after Francis visited Albania, another Balkan state on the periphery of Europe, and underlines the importance he attaches to the promotion of co-existence between peoples and faiths.

AFP

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