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Croatia: Bishop Palic consecrated new Bishop of Hvar. “Only the Lord makes our efforts fruitful”

This morning in the packed Cathedral of St Stephen I – the pope and martyr of Hvar -, Mgr. Petar Palic, who has been serving as secretary general of the Croatian Bishops’ Conference, was consecrated new Bishop of Hvar-Brac-Vis. The celebration was presided over by Mgr. Zelimir Puljic, President of the Croatian Bishops, and was co-officiated by the outgoing Bishop of the Diocese of Hvar, Mgr. Slobodan Stambuk, and the Bishop of Dubrovnik, Uznic Mate. The event, broadcast live on national television in Croatia, was attended by 40 bishops, including the Papal Nuncio to Zagreb, Mgr. Giuseppe Pinto, the Archbishop of Sarajevo, Cardinal Vinko Puljic, 200 priests, representatives of the authorities, and many faithful from across Croatia.
“The Bishops are called to be faithful and wise fathers, guardians of the diocesan family”, Archbishop Puljic, president of the Croatian Bishops’ Conference, said in his homily. The newly consecrated bishop, Mgr. Palic, greeted his diocese and all those present saying: “When we work in the name of the Lord, it is He who makes our efforts fruitful”. And he added: “We live at a time of great challenges and uncertainties, but just as at the time of the apostles, only Jesus’ presence, beyond any human logic, makes the proclamation of the Gospel credible”. The Diocese of Hvar, in the Dalmatian islands, also includes the islands of Brac and Vis; it has about 23,000 faithful and its origins date back to 1145.

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