A visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Niš for the marking of the 1,700th anniversary of Edict of Milan “is not possible bearing in mind certain historical issues”.
Apostolic Nuncio to Serbia Orlando Antonini told Catholic News Agency
SIR that “situation in Serbia regarding ecumenism still is not relaxed
“However, first steps toward reconciliation have been
made. The appointment of (Roman Catholic) Archbishop of Belgrade
Stanislav Hočevar in the organizing committee for the marking of the
jubilee should be counted as one,” Antonini believes.
He noted that this was a “longstanding historical process”.
“Trust needs to be established, preconditions need to be created,
different positions need to be made clear. Primarily, it is necessary to
behave in accordance with love for our neighbors and sisterly
relations,” Antonini concluded.