Catholic, Orthodox bishops urge faithful to promote unity above all national, political exclusiveness

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18.01.2019.

Zagreb, 060119.
Crkva Svetog Preobrazenja Gospodnjeg
Preobrazenska ul. 4.
Na pravoslavni Badnjak odrzano je vecernje bogosluzje u Crkvi Svetog Preobrazenja Gospodnjeg u Zagrebu, koju je prevodio mitropolit ljubljanskozagrebacki Porfirije.
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Orthodox Christians light candles for Christmas Eve in Church of the Sacred Transformation of the Lord in Zagreb

Five Roman Catholic and five Serb Orthodox bishops met in Pozega on Thursday ahead of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and pushed for 'joint statements in the Croatian public to encourage believers to promote unity above all national and political exclusiveness', the Croatian Bishops Conference said.

On Croatia's public scene, there are many negative views and ill-intentioned approaches as well as too much dealing with others' negativity while ignoring one's own, which divides people, creates mistrust and distances them from each other, the bishops said.

In a special statement, they mentioned the 'grave plights of the Serbian and Croatian peoples and other citizens of Croatia in the recent past in wars, persecutions and killings caused by hate'.

- We are aware that by accusing each other, manipulating the historical truth, interpreting wartime events for daily political purposes, insulting and humiliating on ethnic or religious grounds, we remain prisoners of the past and losers in the present.

- We push for establishing the truth about the victims of World War II and of the 1991-1995 war in Croatia through scientific research and arguments, so as to stop speculation about the number of victims and giving them back the dignity they have as victims.

The dignitaries say, among other things, that they 'deeply regret every innocent victim of any nation, faith or political view from our recent past'.