Papal envoy serves mass in southern Serbian town

Cardinal of Milan Angelo Scola, an envoy of the Roman Catholic Pope Francis, has served mass in Niš, southern Serbia.

Source: Tanjug
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His trip there and the religious service over the weekend, as part of the events to mark the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan.

Niš (Naissus) was the birthplace of Constantine the Great, Rome's first Christian emperor.

"We need to build peace and unity and back a new humanity which is necessary immediately, especially in Europe," Cardinal Scola said addressing the gathered believers and guests during the celebration held at the town's Čair Stadium.

The mass was attended by Serbian President Tomislav Nikolić, Crown Prince Aleksandar Karađorđević and his wife, Princess Katarina, representatives of the delegation of the Niš Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Serbian Army officials, members of the diplomatic corps, representatives of other churches and religious communities and representatives of the social and political life in this part of Serbia.

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade Stansilav Hoševar said in his speech that Niš and Milan are "connected in a new embrace as Niš gave Constantine the Great to the world, while Milan gave him the chance to achieve great deeds and opened the door of Christianity for him."

Hočevar expressed gratitude to the papal envoy because he opened the ancient door of unity which may have been closed for too long.

At the beginning of the Eucharistic celebration, the letter of Pope Francis was read in which the head of the Catholic Church called for reconciliation and expressed the wish for unity among Christian believers.

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