Pope Francis appointed Capuchin Fr. Ivica Petanjak as bishop of Krk, Croatia.
The diocese has a population of some 40,000, and 35,500 of them are Catholic. They are served by about 80 priests and 110 religious.
Ivica Petanjak was born in Drenje, Croatia, in 1963, gave his perpetual vows in 1988 and was ordained a priest in 1990.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the faculty of theology in Zagreb, Croatia, and a doctorate in church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
He is currently guardian of the Capuchin monastery of Osijek and provincial definitor. He succeeds Bishop Valter Zupan, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.