European OFM Provincials Meet in Sarajevo

HNP Communications Franciscan World

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovena — Provincial leaders from Europe met here last month to discuss inter-religious dialogue in Europe focusing on Islam.

According to the Nov. 1 issue of Fraternitas, the eighth general assembly of EFME, the Union of Friars Minor of Europe, gathered Oct. 9 – 14 in the city of the recent Balkan war to allow for “many direct contacts with the local reality.”  Sarajevo is a city very dear to the Franciscans living in the Bosnia – Herzegovena since the eighth century, the publication said.

Five professors spoke at the assembly about topics relating to history, culture and theology, General Minister Jose  Rodriguz Carballo, OFM, gave a presentation on “Christianity and Islam Today: the Franciscan View.”

Two new leaders were elected during the gathering. They are Vitor Jose Melicias Lopes of Portugal, as UFME president, and Waclaw Chomik of Poland, vice president.

Details about this event and others described in Fraternitas can be found on the publication’s Web page.