Croatian President Has Private Audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican

By 15 November 2021
Croatian President Has Private Audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican
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ZAGREB, 15 Nov 2021 - Croatian President Zoran Milanović had a private one-on-one meeting with Pope Francis in Vatican City on Monday, at the start of his official visit to the Vatican.

Gift exchange is customary at the end of private audiences and according to unofficial sources, Milanović will present the Pope with a 14th-century Glagolitic missal, the Missal of Duke Novak.

The letters of the missal were later used for the first Croatian printed book Missale Romanum Glagolitice.

The missal was written by the royal knight Novak Disislavić as a pledged gift to a church, where he was to be buried after death.

During his official visit to the Vatican, Milanović is also scheduled to hold talks with the Holy See Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and the Secretary for Relations with States, Bishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

The talks are expected to focus on relations between the Holy See and Croatia, the situation in Southeast Europe, notably Bosnia and Herzegovina, climate change, and "Laudato si", the second encyclical of Pope Francis.

Milanović is also expected to visit the Pontifical Croatian College of St. Jerome.

This is Milanović's second visit to the Holy See. The first visit took place in 2012 when he was prime minister and when he met the then Pope Benedict XVI.

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