Translated (with generosity, op-ed) by Marko Puljic.
Blessed Augustin Kazotic Kazotic is connecting us to the world
The Croatian Post Office has issued a commemorative stamp with the likeness of Blessed
Augustin Kazotic in its philatelic series of famous Croatians. The stamp's designer is
Zagreb, March 5 - postage stamp with the image of Blessed Augustin Kazotic, Bishop of
Zagreb and the first beatified Croatian was introduced Tuesday at the city of Zagreb
grandstand. The stamp is being issued for the 300th anniversary of the proclamation of
the beatification of Augustin Kazotic in a year dedicated to this great Dominican from
Trogir, elightener and protector of the poor. The Croatian Post Office has issued the
stamp as part of its philatelic series of famous Croatians. The author of this and five
other stamps is Orsat Frankovic from Dubrovnik, and the stamp's value will be 3.50 Kunas.
"The first beatified Croatian, after centuries of waiting has gotten his first parish in
Zagreb's Volovica neighborhood and with this stamp are again sending him on his way. In
this way Blessed Augustin Kazotic will again tie us to the world," stated Fr. Frano Prcela,
Provincial of the Croatian Dominican Province in his introduction. Msgr. Vlado Kosic,
assistant Bishop of Zagreb and president of the Board commemorating the anniversary of
Blessed Augustin Kazotic, thanked the Croatian Post Office for including Blessed Augustin
Kazotic in their series of famous Croatians and the Croatian Dominican Province, and stated
that 2003 will mark the 700th anniversary of Kazotic's ordination as Bishop of Zagreb.
Fr. Nedjeljko Dominik Sliskovic, a great admirer of Blessed Augustin Kazotic spoke of the
European aspect of the first beatified Croatian, stressed and that Kazotic is a great man
in Croatian history who lives with us even today. Academician Josip Bratulic spoke about
the ideological decision of the postage stamp.
Sandra V. Antic, Vjesnik, Wednesday March 6, 2002.
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