Coordinates : 44°47′23″N 17°11′07″E / 44.7896°N
17.1852°E / 44.7896; 17.1852 Orthodox Church in Petrićevac.
PETRIćEVAC is a part of the city of
Banja Luka in
Republika Srpska ,
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina . Today, there are about 25,000 inhabitants in
The place is the location of a Catholic church of Saint Anthony and a
Franciscan monastery in the 20th century. There was also an Orthodox
Church made by Ilija Rankić.
World War II
World War II , the Orthodox church was destroyed in 1941 by
Ustaša , the Croatian fascist organization. Miroslav Filipović
originated from the Catholic monastery before he went on to join the
Ustaše during World War II, and commit numerous atrocities and war
crimes over the
Serbs in the region between 1942 and 1945. Filipović
was defrocked after a February 1942 massacre of Serb civilians in the
nearby villages (
Drakulić and Motike ).
During the war in Bosnia in 1995, the Catholic Church and the
monastery were destroyed in revenge by the
Bosnian Serb Army , causing
the death of one of the friars in the process. This was reportedly
done because the buildings reminded them of
World War II
World War II and they
considered it "revenge". The reconstruction of the buildings started
in 2003 after
Pope John Paul II
Pope John Paul II visited the site.
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