Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic visited the Greek Catholic Church in the northern town of Krizevci on Friday, presenting the head of the local Caritas organisation with a donation of HRK 3.65 million in food.
Following a request from the Caritas of the Krizevci Greek Church Diocese, the cabinet of Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic recently decided to donate food, such as rice, flour, meat cans, sugar and powdered eggs, from government stockpiles.
The Caritas head, Ivan Radeljak, thanked the government for the donation, saying that it would help "thousands and thousands of impoverished people."
The donated food will be sent to Caritas branches throughout Croatia as well as to charities of the Islamic Community and the Orthodox Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The seat of the Krizevci Greek Catholic Church was established in in 1777. Currently, there are 20,000 members of this Church in Croatia, and most of them are ethnic Ruthenians, Ukrainians and Croats.
The bishop of the Greek Catholic diocese in Croatia, Nikola Kekic, thanked the Croatian premier for the donation, and invited him to attend next year's ceremonies marking the 240th anniversary of the establishment of this Christian denomination in Croatia.
In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Nikola Kekic, a parish priest in the concathedral church of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Zagreb, as the new bishop of the Greek Catholic diocese in Croatia.
The Greek Catholic Church is a Byzantine Rite Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See.