Alojzije Stepinac

FM: Croatians won't fall for provocation from Belgrade

The Croatians will not fall for provocation and must stay calm, Croatia's Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Sunday, adding that a channel for communication with Serbia must stay open, but dialogue cannot obviously be conducted with Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic who accuses Croatia of reviving fascism.

Serbia wants dialogue with Croatia, but can't tolerate rehabilitation of Ustasha ideology

Serbia is open to dialogue with Croatia, but will not applaud the installation of monuments to Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac and rehabilitation of the Ustasha ideology in Croatia, Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Sunday.

Stier criticises Dacic over Stepinac, refuses bilateral meeting

Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier on Saturday strongly criticised his Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic's statement that the Blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac was a war criminal, and rejected Dacic's proposal for a bilateral meeting.

Cardinal Stepinac one of Croatia's greatest sons, says Osijek Mayor

Osijek Mayor Ivan Vrkic on Friday said that a bust of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, unveiled in that city on Thursday, was erected in honour of "one of Croatia's greatest sons, because he did the most for the survival of the Croatian people," adding that he did not wish to enter into a wrangle with Serbia's Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic who said on Thursday that Stepinac was a "war criminal."

Serbian minister says unveiling of monument to Stepinac "regrettable", calls him war criminal

Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Thursday that the unveiling of a monument to the Blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac in the eastern Croatian city of Osijek was "regrettable", describing Stepinac as a war criminal and noting that the act was a clear message to Serbs that crimes against them were allowed and were not punished.

PM, apostolic nuncio talk Croatia-Holy See relations, status of Bosnian Croats

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday met with the Apostolic Nuncio in Croatia, Msgr Alessandro D'Errico, with whom he discussed the further promotion of relations between Croatia and the Holy See and the status of the Croat people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Plenkovic's public relations office said in a statement.

Kovac: Croatia will meet obligations concerning migrants

Croatia has committed to taking 1,600 migrants as part of the EU's resettlement plan and it will meet its obligations, while the higher number being mentioned in Croatian media is exaggerated, Kovac said after opening the "Model European Union Zagreb 2016" (MEUZ) conference in Europe House.

Zagreb archbishop urges demographic revival, preservation of Catholic tradition

The Archbishop of Zagreb, Cardinal Josip Bozanic, conducted a mass in the Marian shrine of Marija Bistrica on Monday, the Feast of the Assumption, calling for demographic revival, preservation of the Catholic tradition and for building reliable legal and legislative systems so that Croatian nationals were no longer tried abroad.

Minister Kovac says Serbia's protest note over Stepinac cheap move

"That's a recipe from the 1990s. The vocabulary unfortunately recalls the time of Slobodan Milosevic and the Greater Serbia aggression," Kovac said.

Serbia sends protest note to Croatia over annulment of Stepinac verdict

Croatia's ambassador to Belgrade, Gordan Markotic, on Tuesday was handed a protest note by the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly protesting over the annulment by a Croatian court of a 1946 conviction of Zagreb Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac, which Serbia sees as a rehabilitation of fascism and the Ustasha-ruled Independent State of Croatia (NDH).

Croatia sends protest note to Serbia over statements about Stepinac

The Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Ministry on Monday sent a protest note to Serbia over "unacceptable statements" by Serbian officials about the annulment of the verdict against Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac.

Top Serbian officials comment on annulment of Alojzije Stepinac's verdict

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Saturday Serbia wanted good relations with Croatia and that it would always be on the side of anti-fascism, but that the annulment of the verdict against Alojzije Stepinac spoke more about Croatia than it did about Serbia.

Stepinac ruling annulled as it violated criminal law principles

The judgement against Zagreb Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac,  who was sentenced in 1946 by the Communist regime to 16 years in prison and forced labour and was stripped of his political and civil rights for five years, was on Friday annulled by the Zagreb County Court that established that the guilty verdict had grossly violated the then and the current principles of the criminal law.

Verdict against Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac quashed

The Zagreb County Court on Friday quashed the entire verdicts against Zagreb Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac who was sentenced in 1946 by the Communist regime to 16 years in prison and forced labour and was stripped of his political and civil rights for five years.

Ruling to revise trial of Cardinal Stepinac to be handed down Friday

The Zagreb County Court on Friday will, at the request of the family, decide on whether to revise the trial of Zagreb Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac who was sentenced in 1946 by the Communist regime to 16 years in prison and forced labour and was stripped of his political and civil rights for five years.

First meeting of Croatian-Serbian commission on Alojzije Stepinac held

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.

Petir condemns Serbian propaganda against Stepinac

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.

Serbia recalls ambassador to EU over Stepinac exhibition

The Serbian government has recalled the head of Serbia's Permanent Mission to the EU, Ambassador Dusko Lopandic.

Exhibition on Alojzije Stepinac opened at European Parliament

The exhibition was opened by European Parliament Vice President Mairead McGuinness, a MEP from Ireland, and the opening ceremony was attended, among others, by representatives of the Zagreb Archdiocese.

FM optimist over Stepinac canonisation

Asked by reporters whether the date of Stepinac's canonisation would be made known, Kovac said that the talks would focus on the entire process. "I think that the prime minister and Holy Father will discuss that topic tete a tete. Personally, I'm an optimist."

Pope has no doubts about Stepinac, says apostolic nuncio

The pope has stressed that he wants an "open Church, a Church which talks, an ecumenical Church," and this refers to the decision "we will make on the canonisation of the Blessed Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac," D'Errico said.

Patriarch Irinej says conditions for pope's visit to Serbia perhaps not met yet

Irinej told the Serbian agency on a visit to Canada that the proposal to canonise Stepinac was not good because his action was "irreconcilable with sainthood." 

Bozanic: Stepinac criticised for his advocacy of Croats' right to their own state

Bozanic stressed that in the circular letter Stepinac did not glorify any political party and political regime nor did he advocate a state founded on crime.

Patriarch Irinej says Serbs in Croatia live in fear

To back his claims he cited a report he had received from a Serb boarding school in Zagreb which says that the school is exposed to attacks on a daily basis.