“The people here in Kosovo have endured hard times. Now they are searching for God.”
– Bishop Dode Gjergji of Priznen and all Kosovo
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Building hope and reconciliation in Kosovo
The Co-Cathedral of Mother Teresa in Pristina, Kosovo, is “a new beginning” for religious harmony in a region scarred by ethnic conflict, says Bishop Dode Gjergji of Priznen and all Kosovo.
The cathedral represents a ‘practical contribution towards reconciliation’ between Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims, adds the bishop.
Aid to the Church in Need recognises the vital role the cathedral will play in the future of Kosovo and its Catholic population, and is providing major support for the project.
The cathedral will be a source of spiritual comfort for Christians, and also an important symbol of inter-faith reconciliation. It will house a pastoral and cultural centre in the crypt, and a nearby multi-purpose complex for use by all religious groups.
The cathedral plan builds on the success of the Church’s existing outreach – which includes food kitchens, development projects and a vocational school – the Don Bosco Social and Educational Centre – run by the Salesians.
The first president of Kosovo, Ibrahim Rugova, himself a Muslim, used his personal influence to ensure Catholics could build the Cathedral in a central position.
Children getting a health check from a Sister working in Kosovo
Laying the foundations for Kosovo Cathedral
The Co-Cathedral of Mother Teresa in Pristina, Kosovo
The building of the Cathedral in Kosovo
Reaching for the sky
Bishop Gjergii looking forward to the future
How can I help build peace and understanding in Kosovo?
Building Kosovo's cathedral is an ambitious and prestigious project. It will be a visible testimony to the importance of prayer and dialogue in building lasting peace.
The total cost of the project is expected to be in the region of £4.5 million. A quarter of this amount is being raised by the 65,000 Kosovan Catholics both in Kosovo and in other countries. Even so, Aid to the Church in Need's promise of support will be crucial to completing this important project.
Will you help us build the cathedral brick by brick? A donation of just £5 will add another brick to the cathedral.
Religious and political leaders in Kosovo hope that the Co-Cathedral of Mother Teresa being built in Pristina will play an important role in forging a peaceful future from the ashes of bitter ethnic conflict for the young country.