The Catholic Church in Bosnia-Herzegovina has chosen a Muslim family of wood carvers to build a chair that Pope Francis will use during a visit to the country in June. Traditionally, Bosnians make a new chair for every pope who comes to visit. But the honor has never been granted to Muslim craftsmen.

A Muslim sculptor is carving the wooden chair Pope Francis will use on his visit to Bosnia in June in a gesture that bridges faiths in the multi-ethnic Balkan country. Edin Hajderovac was chosen by the Catholic Church to do the carvings on the walnut chair the pope will sit on during the mass he will celebrate in the capital Sarajevo.

When Pope Francis visits Bosnia in June, he will celebrate mass in Sarajevo from a wooden armchair carved by a local Muslim sculptor, in a touching show of interfaith cooperation in a multi-ethnic nation known for its tumultuous past, reports AFP.

Since the beginning of February, when it was announced that the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, will visit Sarajevo on 6th June, preparations for the organization of his arrival started. As tradition requires, each head of the Roman Catholic Church who have visited BiH until now, had a chair on which he sat.  Edin and Salem Hajderovac are making chair   on which Pope Francis will sit, for already seven days.

A Muslim sculptor is carving the wooden chair Pope Francis will use on his visit to Bosnia in June in a gesture that bridges faiths in the multi-ethnic Balkan country. Edin Hajderovac was chosen by the Catholic Church to do the carvings on the walnut chair the pope will sit on during the mass he will celebrate in the capital Sarajevo.

ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a 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, 61, and his 33-year-old son Edin, both devout Muslims, started working on the chair on Monday in their little workshop in the central Bosnian town of Zavidovici.

Zavidovici, Bosnia-Hercegovina---A Muslim sculptor is carving the wooden chair Pope Francis will use on his visit to Bosnia in June in a gesture that bridges faiths in the multi-ethnic Balkan country. Edin Hajderovac was chosen by the Catholic Church to do the carvings on the walnut chair the pope will sit on during the mass he will celebrate in the capital Sarajevo.