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Pope Benedict XVI in Croatia's capital Zagreb 4 and 5 June 2011
The history of Croatia is signed by the Gospel, and it is from the Gospel that it is always necessary to begin, in order to meet the challenges of the future. In connection with the voyages of Blessed John Paul II, Benedict XVI thus presented himself in Zagreb, Croatia, in his speech on arrival. The challenges posed by contemporary culture, characterized by social differentiation and lack of stability; marked by an individualism that promotes a vision of life without obligations and the ongoing search for "private space", require a committed, dynamic and enterprising witness for the promotion of basic moral values that are at the root of Europe's social life and identity. "Twenty years after the decla ...Â
The conscience of the person is the key to cultural development in view of the common good; the Church wants to form consciences and so contribute to the construction and growth of society. This was just one of the issues Pope Benedict XVI addressed at the National Theatre in Zagreb, Croatia, where he spoke on Saturday afternoon, addressing representatives of culture and academia, civil society and leaders of other religions and Christian denominations. Taking for example the work of the Croatian Jesuit Ruder Josip Boskovic, who lived in the eighteenth century, founder of the Catholic University, Benedict XVI stressed the importance of acting for the common good. If conscience, according to the prevai ...Â
Today's society requires the witness of Christian families to combat "the spread of secularization, which leads to exclusion of God from life and to increasing family breakdown." The Pope said this in his homily during Mass at the hippodrome in Zagreb in front of more than 400 thousand faithful. Many were families and young people who were attending the first National Day of Catholic families in Croatia. Today, the Pope continued, what is cultivated as an ideal is "the well-being of the individual through the consumption of material goods and ephemeral experiences, neglecting the quality of relationships with people and the deepest human values." It reduces love to sentimental emotion, he said, withou ...
Pope Benedict encourage the youth of Croatia to follow Christ and the teachings of the Church, following the example of Blessed Ivan Merz. The Pope was speaking during a prayer vigil in the Jelačič Square in Zagreb. The Lord Jesus -- the Holy Father said - is not a teacher who deceives his followers : he tells us clearly that walking by his side calls for commitment and personal sacrifice, but it is worth the effort! Dear young friends, do not be mislead by attractive promises of easy success, lifestyles that favor the appearance at the expense of the interior. Do not yield to the temptation of putting all your trust in possessions, in material things, while abandoning the search for the truth which ...
For CROWN filmed by Ivo Bach
The conclusion of Benedict XVI's apostolic journey to Croatia didn't go quite as planned. On Sunday night, a storm hit the international airport in Zagreb, forcing changes to the farewell ceremony. The Pope, however, did greet the President of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, in a hall of the airport. In his speech, which was not read out, the Pope said he found the faith of the Croatian people Â "alive and sincere." The youth, he said, showed in the intense prayer vigil "the radiant face of Croatia, looking to the future, illuminated by a living faith, like the flame of a precious lamp." The Pope said he hoped the vitality of the Church "will produce positive effects on society." In President Josipovic's speec ...
The throne on which pope Benedict XVI was sitting during the Holy Mass on the Zagreb Hippodrome.
Flower decoration in front of the Zagreb Cathedral. Photo by Snježana Božić (on the above photo.)
Photo by Snježana Božić.
The Zagreb Cathedral at the moment when pope Benedict XVI was leaving Zagreb with Croatia Airlines. Photo by Snježana Božić.
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