Pope Francis Appoints New Bishop of Hvar

By 9 March 2018

ZAGREB, March 9, 2018 - Pope Francis has appointed Reverend Petar Palić as the new bishop of Hvar after he accepted the withdrawal of Palić's predecessor, the 77-year-old Slobodan Štambuk, the Vatican press office reported on Friday.

Palić, born in Priština, Kosovo, in 1972, until now has been a priest of the Dubrovnik Diocese after he was ordained to the priesthood on 1 June 1996. He is fluent in German and Italian, and has working knowledge of English, Russian and Macedonian.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has sent a letter of congratulations to the new Hvar bishop.