This morning, Pope Francis received the president of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, Tihomir Orešković, in audience.
According to a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions were “cordial” and reinforced the existing good relations between the Holy See and the European nation.
“Confirmation,” the statement noted, “was given of the common wish to continue constructive dialogue on themes of bilateral interest regarding relations between the ecclesial and civil communities.
“In the broad exchange of views on international and regional matters, particular concern was expressed regarding the humanitarian crisis of refugees from the Middle East, as well as the situations of conflict that affect various regions of the world and acts that seek to weaken the foundations of civil co-existence.”
In addition, mention was also made of the relevance attributed by Croatian faithful to the figure of Blessed Alojzike Stepinac and on the condition of the Croatian minority in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Croatian president subsequently met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, under-secretary for Relations with States.