In 2015, the Pope John Paul II Youth Pastoral Center was first established in Sarajevo, the capital of the state of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is open to all young people, without distinction as to faith or ethnic origin. It was formally blessed by Pope Saint John Paul II, for whom young people were especially important and who introduced many lasting initiatives for the young, most notably the World Youth Days.
The center has been a great success. Every year some 10,000 young people aged 10 and over have taken part in the pastoral meetings, training sessions and leisure activities held there. The slogan of the center is “Encounter and Reconciliation – Shaping Peace and a Future Together.”
Although many people dream of a better life, in other countries of the European Union, and leave Bosnia and Herzegovina forever, Lucija, Bakir and Nadežda are ready to rebuild the bridges between the different nationalities and religious communities that were destroyed by the war. They still believe that their future is there.
"Bosnia and Herzegovina has no alternative to dialogue. We must live and work together, regardless of the kind of state that there will be here. We must learn to depend on each other. Especially religious leaders can, through their channels, contribute to helping Bosnia and Herzegovina fulfill its European destiny."