Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $41,010 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Papal trip to Serbia for anniversary of Edict of Milan ruled out

Catholic World News - February 05, 2013

The apostolic nuncio in Serbia has ruled out the possibility of a visit by Pope Benedict XVI in 2013, for celebrations of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan.

Archbishop Orlando Antonini said that the “situation in Serbia regarding ecumenism still is not relaxed enough” to allow for a papal visit. But he said that ecumenical progress is being made, noting that the Catholic Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar of Belgrade has been involved in planning for the anniversary celebrations.

The Serbian Orthodox Church has organized a major ecumenical observance in Nis, the birthplace of the Emperor Constantine, for the anniversary. Rumors circulated last year that the Pope might be invited, and Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej I said that he would welcome a visit by the Pontiff, but the Russian Orthodox Church reportedly opposed the idea.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($128,697 to go):
$150,000.00 $21,302.70
86% 14%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Cardinal Kasper's nose is growing again October 18
Challenge Grant Begins as Synod Ends October 17
What's wrong with this Synod, IV: Unprepared for marriage October 17
No, mainstream religious orders aren't attracting vocations as fast as younger traditional orders October 17
The Synod: Is the sky falling? October 17

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - 9 hours ago
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6