Pope meets with Croatian prime minister

Zenit.org reports that the Croatian prime minister Jadranka Kosor met with Pope Benedict XVI last Saturday at the Vatican. The Croatian leader also met with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State.

Afterwards a Vatican communiqué stated that particular attention was given “to the condition of the Croatian (Catholic) community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one of the three peoples who make up that country.”

The Catholic population in Bosnia & Herzegovina has been decimated in number since the Bosnian War ended in 1995. Most left for Croatia and have not returned, putting pressure on Church resources in BiH and prompting the Holy See to consider restructuring the diocesan boundaries.

The majority of the Catholic population of Bosnia & Herzegovina is based in Herzegovina in the south west where Medjugorje is situated.

Pope John Paul II made a visit in 2003 to Banja Luka in Bosnia & Herzegovina and drew attention to the need to reconstruct the Church in the country.

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