Bosnia Herzegovina: ’25 Years After the end of the War – The Forgotten’

On April 6, 1992, war broke out in the Balkan nation of Bosnia Herzegovina only officially coming to an end on November 21, 1995, with the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement – a provisional peace treaty making Bosnia a semi protectorate of the United Nations. Bosnia today is divided between three ethnic groups: Bosnians, Serbs, and Croats. Although on paper equally considered, in reality, frustration drives dangerous centrifugal forces: Muslim Bosnians are increasingly oriented towards Turkey and the Islamic world; the majority Orthodox Serbs subject to influence from Russia while the Catholic Croats, the smallest of the ethnic groups, lean towards Europe. A growing internal conflict risks the country’s future – and complicates its anticipated accession to the EU.

From 1992 to 1995 a brutal war raged in the small Balkan nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in which it is estimated that at least 100,000 people were killed and more than two million displaced. Although a terrible price was paid by all combatants, arguably one group that suffered the most, and continues to suffer, was the minority Croat Catholic community. Still today many Croatian villages in the heart of Bosnia destroyed during the war, stand empty. As Croat journalist Zvonimir Čilić explains in his home town of Vitez alone, Bosnian Muslims killed 653 people leaving over 460 widows and 600 children without one or both parents – all within the space of 316 days.

The brutality of the violence enacted against the Catholic Croats stemmed in large part from a radical Islamist ideology imported with the arrival of foreign mujahedeen mercenaries. Hidden in the outskirts of urban centers such as Sarajevo, Tuzla, Zenica, and Bihac, and in isolated villages such as Dubnica, Ošve, Gornja Maoča or Bočinje, these extremists gathering in 22 so-called para-jamaats were, and still today are, financed by the Gulf States.

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What ESPN’s Lance Armstrong documentary taught me about Confession…

During this time of quarantine, one of the biggest examples of how much things have changed has been the disappearance of professional sports. However, ESPN has been broadcasting a series of spectacular documentaries on Sunday evenings. I’m not an absolute sports nut, but something about the combination of professional athletes, especially ones at the absolute top of their game…

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It’s not good to pay so much attention to news and social media. Instead, try thinking about trees more often…..

What we find in the news and social media tends to frame much of what we think about throughout the day. This calls for a consideration of our daily thought patterns. We rational animals are always thinking about something or other. But just what we think about—and in what mode and unto what end—can vary dramatically. As individuals and even as a society we might become very narrow in our focus…

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“For God’s sake, stop demonizing the NYPD,” says Cardinal Dolan…

Whenever I go back home to Missouri, family and friends ask me, “What do you like most about New York?” The list is lengthy, I reply. Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is up there, of course, and nothing beats that magical feel of Manhattan around Christmastime. But near the top would be the men and women of the New York Police Department.

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What kind of fear do you have — the right kind, or the wrong kind?

The world in which we live is filled with dangers. Some come from nature: floods, famines, earthquakes, plagues, and so forth. There are also dangers in terms of our finances, our reputation, and our physical safety from attack. Of such things we are often afraid, but Jesus said, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Yes, the world is dangerous, but at some point, we have to put on our “big-boy pants” and go out there and live our lives anyway. The worst thing this world can do is to kill you. If you die faithful, you will be promoted out of this crazy world into a place of joys unspeakable and glories untold.

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‘Soft despotism’ of anti-Catholicism on the rise, USCCB religious liberty chairman warns …

Archbishop Wenski cited a new wave of religious intolerance pointing to laws forbidding public funding of religious schools—overruled by the Supreme Court this week—but also in the HHS contraceptive mandate case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, and 21 year-old Jack Denton, who was removed from his student government position at Florida State University for defending Church teaching.

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