For now, the Vatican has neither confirmed nor denied the report. The Pope is on retreat this week at the Vatican.

According to President Dragan Cavic, the Pope will travel to Banja Luka to beatify layman and intellectual Merz (1896-1928) in the land of his birth.

The president made the announcement Wednesday following a meeting in Banja Luka with a Vatican delegation, which included Monsignor Renato Boccardo, organizer of papal trips.

Cavid added that he discussed "general issues, especially those related to security," with the Vatican delegation.