Sarajevo has always been an open city that welcomes all who want to visit it, Patriarch Porfirije of the Serbian Orthodox Church said during his visit to the Bosnian capital on Saturday.
Patriarch Porfirije arrived at the Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos in Sarajevo, where he was welcomed by the prelate of the Church in Bosnia, Hrizostom Jevic, who is marking his 50 years of monastic and 30 years of episcopal service.
“It is a very broad-minded city, open to all four corners of the world where people from different parts of the world came, brought gifts to it, but also came out of it enriched. The history of Sarajevo teaches us that after the failure and the fall, we again found ways to recognize each other and that we needed each other,” said Porfirije.
He stressed that there are few cities in the world like Sarajevo, and in Europe almost none, noting that places of worship of different religions can be found in the city within a few hundred meters from each other.
“Sarajevo has been an open city for centuries, and Orthodox Serbs in this city have been living in it since at least the 14th century and praying to God. The Church of the Holy Archangels testifies to this. But other nations that believe in the same God, but pray to that one God in different ways, have not only established their existence, but permeate each other in a true community,” Porfirije said.