A joint commission on Alojzije Stepinac, comprised of Croatian and Serbian experts, met on Tuesday and Wednesday to once again and together study the life of this Zagreb cardinal, but the conclusions of the commission will not affect Stepinac's canonisation which is exclusively under the jurisdiction of the Holy See, the Vatican Radio reported on Wednesday.
The commission, formed at the initiative of Pope Francis after several meetings between representatives of the Holy See, the Serb Orthodox Church and the Croatian Bishops' Conference, will take a scientific approach and available documentation to study the life of the cardinal before, during and after World War II, the Vatican Radio reported.
A number of meetings have been scheduled over the next 12 months and members of the Commission are representatives of the Holy See, the Catholic Church in Croatia, Croatia historians, members of the Serb Orthodox Church and the Serbian Ambassador to the UNESCO.
The next session is scheduled to be held in Zagreb on October 17 and 18.
After his visit to the Vatican last week and talks with pope Francis Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said that the pontiff told him that it was not his wish to cause disagreements among the Christians and that Stepinac would be the first saint not to be recognised by the Serb Orthodox Church which he did not want and which is why he did not want to canonise Stepinac without looking into the allegations made by the Serbian side.