|Kosovo Crisis||KOSOVO BISHOP SAYS 'ONE CAN ONLY CRY'|
After two and a half months of being
unable to leave his home due to war, Catholic Bishop Marko Sopi of Prizren, Kosovo, has toured the region, to get firsthand situation reports from his priests, nuns, and the faithful.
He said: "Terrible. What my eyes have seen is terrible. One can only cry. We have had our families terrified, our homes burnt and a whole country destroyed by hatred."
Originally, there were about 60,000 Catholics in Kosovo, but many have fled. However, the 37 priests and 80 nuns of the 23 parishes remained. They have been "a great support to the people who felt protected," in spite of the terror.
"We have been fortunate; our nuns have done a lot in helping the elderly, caring for the sick, the stricken, and wounded, giving hospitality to children who were left alone and to the handicapped," said Bishop Sopi.
Zenit 11:43am 21/6/99