That Pope Francis could visit BiH next year was later confirmed by Mr Bevanda to the news station TV1.
“Cardinal Parolin will visit Bosnia Herzegovina relatively quickly. And this is actually a precursor to the visit of Pope Francis everyone expects, I think everybody wishes,” said Vjekoslav Bevanda for TV1.
Bevanda added that the timing of any visit of the Pope is dependent on the Presidency of B+H and that the Holy See is also cautious in these matters, so it was not yet possible to determine exactly when any visit will happen.
Earlier this year it was hoped that Pope Francis would accept an official invitation from the Presidency of BiH and Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo, to attend the anniversary in Sarajevo marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, and bring with him a message of peace for the world. However, the event scheduled for June 21 clashed with the Pope’s pastoral visit to Cassano all’Jonio on the same day.
|Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Vjekoslav Bevanda at the Vatican today|