18:03 / 13.01.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

Congratulations from Apostolic Nuncio on 30th anniversary of Croatia’s recognition

Giorgio Lingua

Giorgio Lingua

Foto: Zeljko Hladika / PIXSELL

Exactly 30 years ago, on January 13, 1992, the Holy See recognized the Republic of Croatia before the bigger countries of the international community. Marking the occasion, the Apostolic Nuncio to Croatia, Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, congratulated Croatia.

The following is the full congratulations of the Apostolic Nuncio:


"I am honored and pleased as the Pope's representative in Croatia to wish a happy 30th anniversary to this young and great democracy.


It is generally believed that a person becomes mature at the age of 30. So, we can say that Croatia is also reaching adulthood, and proof of that are the goals that are about to be achieved, such as joining the Schengen zone and the introduction of the euro, after joining the European Union a few years ago.


The Holy See is proud to have placed its full trust in this country from the very beginning, thus showing, above all thanks to St. John Paul II's, prophetic intuition. Recall what the Polish Pope said, referring to Croatia, on June 29, 1991, just four days after the country's unilateral declaration of independence, which was still awaiting international recognition: "I repeat once again - he said - that rights and legitimate aspirations of the peoples cannot and must not be stifled by force, and I want to encourage all those initiatives aimed at seeking just solutions, the only ones that can guarantee peace and fraternal coexistence among nations."


In accordance with this reflection, the Council recognized the Republic of Croatia 30 years ago, on January 13, 1992, ahead of the bigger countries of the international community.


Since then, relations with the Holy See, which have very deep roots dating back to 879, the historical date when Prince Branimir "connected the people and the Croatian Church with unbreakable ties to the Roman Church and the Chair of St. Peter", have continued to develop systematically, based on the principle of religious freedom, the separation of church and state and cooperation between the two institutions for the purpose of the holistic development of citizens and believers.


Without wasting time, three bilateral agreements were signed in 1996, and a fourth a few years later.


Visits by Croatian heads of state and prime ministers to the Holy Father and the Holy See were frequent and regular, until President Zoran Milanović's recent meeting with Pope Francis, preceded by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković a few months earlier.


We must not forget the three visits to Croatia by St. John Paul II. and one by Pope Benedict XVI and numerous visits by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of State for Relations and other eminent leaders of the Vatican dicasteries.


It can also be said at the local level that relations between the state and the Catholic Church in Croatia are good and that, as representatives of other Christian Churches and religions tell me, they are for the benefit of all.


Happy birthday Croatia and many summers. "


Source: HRT


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