Saturday, June 27, 2009

Catholics Flee

Catholics are quickly diminishing in Bosnia; the Muslim population is growing so quickly that the once Catholic city of Sarajevo is now more properly thought a Muslim city. During the Bosnian conflict, many Catholics were killed or fled the country. Muslims are taking over the country in part because they have large families and the sizes of Catholic families are decreasing.
"Numerically, they have diminished a lot," he said after his visit at the invitation of Cardinal Vinko Puljic. There are only 17,000 Catholics in Sarajevo, he noted, a city of 600,000. "In the Diocese of Banja Luka, before the war between 1991 and 1995, there were 150,000 Catholics; now there are only 35,000." Zenit
Pray for the faithful in Bosnia that they might have a missionaries spirit and revive the faith in their country.

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