New Serbian Orthodox cathedral to be built in Muslim-majority Bosnia

East New Sarajevo, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina, November 18, 2020

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“By the grace of God and thanks to the pastoral care of His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostom of Dabar-Bosnia and the good will of the local authorities of the municipality of East New Sarajevo, headed by the mayor Ljubisa Cosic, a new cathedral dedicated to Christ the Savior will be built in East Sarajevo,” reports the Metropolis of Dabar-Bosnia.

Realizing the needs of the faithful in East Sarajevo and seeing the rapid development of the communities there, Met. Chrysostom took the initiative to locate a site for the construction of the cathedral.

Eventually a suitable space between a local high school and indoor sports hall was found for the construction of the future cathedral.

According to 2020 estimates, 55.5% of Bosnia and Herzegovina identifies as Muslim, though there is also a solid 31% Serbian Orthodox minority, followed by Roman Catholicism at 12%.

The Orthodox population sometimes faces persecution and intimidation. In June 2018, an Orthodox church in Visoko in central Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in July of this year, threats and nazi graffiti were discovered on the fence around the Church of the Resurrection of Christ in the village of Dobrič.

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