Tentative Date Set for Papal Visit to Croatia

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 14, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II is tentatively scheduled to visit Croatia from June 5-8, a Vatican aide reported.

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This would be the Pope’s third visit, as well as the most extensive, to the former Yugoslav country since its independence in 1991.

John Paul II will stay in Rijeka, a northwestern city, Monsignor Renato Boccardo told the press Monday. Monsignor Boccardo, who visited Croatia last week, is in charge of the Vatican’s preparations for the trip.

Over 80% of Croats are Catholics. John Paul II visited Croatia in 1994 and 1998.

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