2 and 3 October 1999, His Excellency Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes will be in
Kosovo. The President of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", the
Dicastery of Charity of the Holy See, was already sent to the Holy Father to
Albania and to Macedonia as a result of the conflict an will be in Kosovo to
encourage the many individuals and organisations engaged in giving a witness
of Christ among those who are suffering.
situation in Kosovo still presents many elements of concern.
The co-existence among the diverse ethnic groups is continously
threatened, further demonstrated by the bloody attack of this past Tuesday in
Pristina. The visit seeks to
contribute to the reconstruction of a peaceful co-existence in the region
where all, Albanians and Serbs, have the right to build their own homes.
Cordes will meet with Catholic Organisations and the Caritas Network in
Prizren on the afternoon of 2 October. These
organisations pursue efforts in favour of the population encouraging the
repatriation of refugees and programmes of reconstruction.
To date, allocated assistance amout tsto over thirty million US dollars.
3 October, a Mass will be celebrated in Bishtazhin on the occasion of the
traditional Marian Feast held in this region.
Twenty thousand person from the Christian and Moslem Communities are
expect. The presence of the
Albania leader, I. Rugova is anticipated.
City, 1 October 1999