Croatian member of the European Parliament Marijana Petir of the Croatian Peasant Party (HSS) condemns Serbian propaganda against the Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, her office said on Thursday.
In cooperation with the Zagreb Archdiocese Petir last week organised an exhibition on Stepinac in the European Parliament as well as a conference on Stepinac's humanitarian work, which was organised in cooperation with the Croatian Catholic University and the European People's Party.
After Serbia replaced the head of its permanent mission in the EU, Ambassador Dusko Lopandic, because he failed to prevent the exhibition for which Petir had obtained all necessary permits from the European Parliament, the Serbian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Lopandic's replacement on Wednesday, in which it described Stepinac as "a war criminal" and the exhibition on him as "shameful."
Commenting on this, Petir said that in World War II Stepinac saved 27,215 Serb children, war orphans, and a large number of Serb men and women.
"The propaganda the most senior Serbian officials are spreading about the Blessed Alojzije Stepinac by distorting the truth about the history reveals Serbia's weakness and its unwillingness to live European values," Petir said.
"The Blessed Alojzije Stepinac is a holy person. He is a holy person for the Croat people and many other peoples, he is a holy person even to the Serbs who know the truth and are grateful to him for saving their lives, as evidenced by many testimonies and preserved documents," she said, among other things.