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Split, 15 September 2020 - Holy See's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin visits Croatia

Cardinal Parolin on Tuesday arrived in Split where he met with Croatia's prime minister and foreign minister.

On Wednesday, Cardinal Parolin will ordain Msgr. Jozic as an archbishop, after Pope Francis appointed this 53-year-old Croatian priest the Apostolic Nuncio to Belarus in May. The ceremony of the episcopal ordination will take place in the Church of the Holy Family in Solin.

"Croatia is proud of this, it is yet another sign of recognition from Vatican diplomacy, for him to be assuming such an important post," Plenković said after meeting with Parolin, for the fourth time in the last few years.

Plenković said that relations between Croatia and the Vatican "are exceptionally good and full of mutual respect and cooperation", adding that he and the Italian cardinal discussed the situation in the neighbourhood as well as European and global topics.

Minister Grlić Radman said the frequent meetings "bear witness to the strengthening of diplomatic relations" between Zagreb and the Holy See while Msgr. Jozic's appointment "speaks of the strength of Croatia's presence in the Vatican and its diplomacy" and "will turn a new page in bilateral relations."

"Dalmatia can be rightfully proud of having given so many nuncios," he said, referring to the fact that two current apostolic nuncios are from Dalmatia.

(Text: Hina)