The mayor of Istocno Sarajevo, Ljubisa Cosic, welcomed the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC), Patriarch Porfirije, who came to the city on Sunday as part of his two-day visit to Bosnia.
Patriarch Porfirije arrived in Bosnia’s capital on Saturday to visit the prelate of the Church in Bosnia, Hrizostom Jevic, who is marking his 50 years of monastic and 30 years of episcopal service. The SPC head served mass at Sarajevo’s Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos on Sunday morning and visited Istocno Sarajevo in the afternoon.
“Today, the citizens of East Sarajevo welcomed and are welcoming their dearest guest – a guest in whom they see faith, hope and to whom they pray so he prays for them to God and Christ, to make all the troubles of this world pass by us and so that we together, as Serbs, as well as all other peoples in this area, in the Republika Srpska and BiH, live together in peace, harmony and understanding,” Cosic told reporters.
“We are looking forward to the Serbian patriarch staying in East Sarajevo today until the end of the day, after yesterday's visit to Sarajevo, and I am sure that there will be opportunities to come here in the coming period and in the coming years,” he said.