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Vatican confirms schedule for Pope's trip to Bosnia


Pope John Paul II will travel on Sunday 22 June to the town of Banja Luka, a Serbian enclave in the northern part of the country.

There he will preside at the beatification of Ivan Mertz, a lay Catholic activist.

The trip will be the 101st foreign visit of this pontificate.

The Holy Father received a formal invitation from the current president of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Mirko Sarovic, during a 21 March audience at the Vatican.

Sarovic, and ethnic Serb, is one of three men who serve in a rotating presidency for the new nation. He came to Rome along with the two other members of that group: Dragan Covic, an ethnic Croatian; and Suleiman Tihic, an ethnic Bosnian.

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Catholic World News

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9 May 2003