At mass in Mostar today Monsignor Petar Palić who was acting Hvar Bishop until today assumed the duty of Mostar-Duvno Bishop from Bishop Ratko Perić. Attending the ceremony were bishops from Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also political delegations from the two countries.
The Croatian delegation was led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković who said that this was an act of respect towards the two bishops who left an immeasurable mark.
“I think this transition taking place now is important for believers, Croats and Catholics here in this archdiocese, which is naturally important in general for the position and cohesion of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Plenković.
“I want to dream of a country where there is room for a dignified life for every man. I want to dream about this country as a country of peace, unity and harmonized progress, without any blackmailing, pressures or threats, where the will of the stronger does not rule, but rather mutual respect and understanding,” said new Mostar Bishop Petar Palić when addressing believers.
During his stay Prime Minister Plenković met with the Deputy Chairman of the House of Peoples of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Čović. The two discussed the election law and approaching local elections that will be held in Mostar after 12 years.
Prime Minister Plenković reiterated Croatia's support for Bosnia and Herzegovina's path to Euro Atlantic integrations and support for equality of Croats with the other two constitutional peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“We will continue to be the advocates of Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially for the rights of Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” said Prime Minister Plenković.
Dragan Čović has announced talks in two days with the head of the SDA party, Bakir Izetbegović on changes to the election law in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in accordance with a ruling by the Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and rulings by the Constitutional Court in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which are part of the achieved agreement on elections in Mostar.
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