Open wounds

Healing is slow in the Balkans
Speaking to a crowd assembled outside of the Croatian town of Osijek on June 4, Pope John Paul II noted that “the trying times of the war” had left “deep wounds not yet completely healed.” A “commitment to reconciliation is needed.”

The depth of those wounds and the difficulty of reconciliation were abundantly clear in my recent conversations in the Balkans. In Zagreb, Croatia, Father Boze Vuleta, O.F.M., director of the Franciscan Institute for the Culture of Peace, feels that everything—religion, sports, the media, culture and even efforts at reconciliation—have been swallowed by the Moloch of politics.


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