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Unveiling of Monument to Pope John Paul II Tomorrow in Sarajevo
Pope John Paul II visited Sarajevo a year after the war ended, and tens of thousands jammed the streets to welcome him. In front of the main Sarajevo Cathedral, he shook hands with the crowd and stroked the foreheads of weeping people, many of them Muslims. City authorities are now considering erecting the statue in that location in front of the cathedral.
Because of his support for inter-religious and intercultural dialogue, “I think that Pope John Paul II is one of the most important figures of the 20th century,” the head of the Bosnian Islamic Community, Mustafa Ceric, told The Associated Press. Ceric prayed for world peace with the late Pope in Assisi, Italy. He spoke about Bosnia and Herzegovina 263 times, and the Vatican recognised Bosnia and Herzegovina as an independent state two days after the country conducted its independence referendum in 1992.
Tomorrow, the unveiling of the sacred monument to Pope John Paul II will take place in Sarajevo in front of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The program will start at noon with a Holy Mass in the Sarajevo Cathedral, which will be led by the Archbishop of Vrhbosna Vinko Puljić. There will be a procession on the square in front of the Cathedral accompanied by music from the wind orchestra of a Croatian Cultural Club from Čapljina.