Pope visits Bosnia, urges peace and reconciliation

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SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Bosnia's Muslims, Orthodox and Catholics to put the "deep wounds" of their past behind them and work together for a peaceful future as he arrived in Sarajevo for a one-day visit to encourage reconciliation following the devastating three-way war of the 1990s.

In a speech Saturday to Bosnia's three-member presidency, Francis called for Bosnians to oppose the "barbarity" of those who want to continue sowing division "as a pretext for further unspeakable violence." Rather, he urged Bosnians to continue working for peace and respectful coexistence through patient, trustful dialogue.

Francis says "This will allow different voices to unite in creating a melody of sublime nobility and beauty, instead of the fanatical cries of hatred."

 

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