Enter into the heart of what is different in order to receive these differences in the heart of one's own being, to feed the soul with the highest spirituality of different people.
In 1996, Sarajevo and all the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina were emerging from a war horrific beyond understanding. Massive ethnic cleansing and campaigns of terror had scarred the people and left them with little hope. In This environment the founder of the choir, Franciscan priest Ivo Marković, gathered a small group of musicians to sing for mass in his church. Because they could not find enough Catholics, he and the conductor, Josip Katavić, invited people of other faiths. A name was chosen which combines the Latin words pons (bridge) and anima (soul). Pontanima took on a life of its own, widening its membership and repertoire until it became a truly interreligious choir. The choir now numbers around 60 members and is an accomplished ensemble that frequently performs for high-profile events, but also a dynamic community that gives tangible life and meaning to the dream of a diverse, peaceful society.