Muslim family carves chair for Pope Francis Bosnia mass

  • AP, Zavidovici
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2015 17:58 IST

Salem Hajdarovac didn't sleep for a whole week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia.

Hajdarovac and his son Edin, both devote Muslims, started working on the chair on Monday in their little workshop in the central Bosnian town of Zavidovici.

They have put all other orders on hold to produce the perfect chair by June 6, when the pontiff will hold a mass in Sarajevo aimed at boosting efforts toward brotherhood in the country ravaged by war two decades ago.

Many Bosnians, including Muslims, Catholics and Christian Serb Orthodox, see Francis as a worthy successor of John Paul II, who is perceived as a champion of inter-faith cooperation and peace.

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