Pope Francis’s visit to Sarajevo next week will be met by a multi-faith children’s choir, 20 years after the Bosnian War ended.
Orthodox Christian Serbs and Bosnian Muslim children will sing a song called “Love People” for the Pope during his Sarajevo Mass.
The children come from The House of Good Tunes in Srebrenica, a centre that houses the multi-faith Superar Choir in a town made notorious by the July 1995 massacre of 7,000 Bosniac men and boys.
Choirmaster Ismar Poric said: “This kind of mix is what we need in Bosnia. Friendships were born here, I hope life-long ones.”
Mr Poric said that he wants the children whose parents’ generation suffered from the genocide in the Balkans to be given a ticket for a better future.
The choir was founded in 2010 and has grown to see 220 children aged between 5 and 17 preparing for the arrival of the Pontiff.
Some of the children are struggling to contain their excitement for next week’s event where Pope Francis is expecting a large reception despite the fact that Catholics are in the minority in Bosnia.
Serb Dajana Lazarevic, aged 12, said that singing for “such a great person will be a wonderful experience”.