Marked Remembrance Day for victims of Rama

In the courtyard of the Franciscan monastery on Šćit, next to the Cross of Rama, at the foot of which the names of 1 529 victims of Rama are inscribed on the memorial, the Holy Mass for their souls was celebrated on October 3rd by the Guardian, OFM Andrija Jozić.

Eight priests, including local sons, former provincials of the Franciscan Province of Bosna Srebrena and the Croatian Capuchin Province, concelebrated: OFM Mijo Džolan and OFM Jure Šarčević.

In his homily, OFM Andrija pointed out that they had gathered at the Cross of Rama “to pray that prayer would purify us of the bitter feelings and negative charges that appear in these places of suffering in a human way.” He said that a climate of coexistence, forgiveness, reconciliation should be created and warned that these important life settings of peace building are based on the foundations of truth. Aware that no crime can be defended, he pointed to the need to respect the victim. He then pointed out how the chosen Jewish people experienced their homeland as a gift from God. “It is holy to them because God gave it, because the graves of their deceased also rest in it”, said Guardian Jozić and transferred that picture to the present day. “We do not need to multiply the number of victims to gain worldly affection as it is done”, said OFM Andrija, emphasizing that innocent Rama victims “seem to be telling us today: love life, do not be afraid of life.”

After the Holy Mass, prayer for the dead was prayed for all the victims of Rama in all the wars.

By the way, the day before, the scientific meeting Rama u II.svjetskom ratu i poraću (Rama in II. world war and post-war period) was held, on which a collection of papers was presented.

It is worth mentioning that throughout history Rama has often experienced tragedies. This is especially true in early October 1942, when the Chetniks, as Italian allies in Operation Alpha, killed more than 1 000 people in three days of rage. This was not to be talked about until the time of the democratic changes of the 1990’s.