|Only a year and a half after Presnače parish was separated from the town parish, one more parish was established in Banja Luka, alongside the well-known Trappist monastery Maria Stella. Bishop Alfred Pichelr established it on May 13, 1973, separating it from parish Petrićevac as well as Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Banja Luka parish and entrusting its administration to the local Trappist monks. A huge Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary monastery church serves as the parish church.|
The Cathedral of Saint Bonaventure in Banja Luka is one of three Roman Catholic cathedrals in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is the seat of the Banja Luka Bishopric currently led by Bishop Franjo Komarica.
Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter and Paul in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Franciscans came to Mostar in the 14th century. In the 15th century they built a church and monastery in Mostar. But the conquering Ottoman Turks destroyed both buildings in 1563 and dumped the executed Franciscans into the Neretva.
THE SISTERS OF CHARITY of St. Vincent de Paul in Banja Luka came in 1872 and established their convent in the center of town (in today's “Serbian street”). Other than their rather specific way of living, filled with prayer and work, they are especially dedicated to the upbringing of children and female adolescents. In that context, they used to run a highly respected primary school, which was attended not only by Catholics, but also children of other religious backgrounds and confessions.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vrhbosna is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in eastern Bosnia. Its episcopal see is the city of Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was elevated to an archdiocese on July 5, 1881. The Diocese of Vrhbosna is much older and was formed in the 11th century. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Skopje is a suffragan of the Archdiocese.
* Diocese of Vrhbosna
Map of Bosnia and Herzegovina
It depicts the nation's divisions into bishoprics in the Catholic Church.
Vrhbosna Archbishopric - Red
Banja Luka Bishopric - Gray
Mostar-Duvno Bishopric - Blue
Trebinje Bishopric - Light Blue
Vinko Puljić has had many serious issues to deal with since becoming archbishop in 1990. First, he had to deal with the Bosnian War which resulted in the Siege of Sarajevo on the archdiocese's home. In the war's aftermath, repairs had to be completed to many damaged churches and chapels. However, the biggest struggle has been the exodus of Croatian Catholics from the region during the war. The Catholic population in the diocese is less than half of what it was before the conflict. Although it has slightly rebounded, it has been an uphill struggle for the church.