Nov 122010

Click to read Marko's essay as a PDF. Ver. 2 - Nov. 12.

This started with this comment by Father Peter, an Orthodox Priest with the Patriarchate of Constantinople, in Vienna, Austria on October 31, 2010.

Marko B., an Assistant Professor in Computer Science in Croatia, has been a long-term contributor to this blog and an ever helpful friend (as has been Father Peter).

I asked Marko whether he knew anything about this since he must have family from that period. Helpful as ever, he offered to write an essay. He wanted to know whether I would publish it. I think most people have worked out my attitude towards open, dialogue. So this is it. PLEASE feel free to comment.

I got it yesterday. I Marko’s behest I e-mailed it immediately to Father Peter. I have not heard back. Actually, we haven’t heard from Fr. Peter in many days.

I skimmed through the article. There is a lot of detail. I think you can ‘pick-and-peck’ through it. There are fascinating accounts by Marko’s relatives.

So, please read and let us know what you think. Yes, of course, I will publish other suitable essays.

Thank YOU, Marko B from Croatia. Please click on the image icon to open the small (161KB) PDF file. Version 2 as of Friday, Nov. 12.

  3 Responses to “Forceful Conversions of the Orthodox in Croatia during World War II — An Essay By Marko B. of Croatia”

  1. Dear Father,
    I am so RELIEVED to hear from you. I was getting worried.
    We miss you, but I understand time pressures.
    Please be well, do good and please help us whenever you have the time. I am reorganizing the Home Page of the Web site and was again struck by how much you have helped ME.
    Thank YOU. All the best.

  2. Today the Croatian Conference of (Catholic) Bishops (HBK) announced that His Holiness Benedict XVI will visit Croatia on June 4 and 5, 2011 (Saturday and Sunday), one week before Pentecost Sunday. The visit has been confirmed several month ago, but the dates not announced until today. There were speculations that the Pope will canonize Cardinal Archbishop Stepinac. However, the announced program does not mention any canonization. However, the bishops stated that Pope will pray at his tomb. John Paul II visited Croatia three times: in 1994, 1998 and 2003. He beatified Stepinac in 1998. His visits included all 5 Croatian dioceses: Zagreb, Split, Djakovo, Rijeka and Zadar as well as two most important shrines of Mary.

  3. Marko,
    Will you get a chance to meet him?
    You must be excited.
    I already have a JOB for you. We need daily reports and pictures … which will be posted here, of course, with full credit to you.
    So get cracking.
    Thanks, my friend.
    All the best.
    P.S., Busy time starting for me with the consistory looming. My new friend, the father from MY HOMELAND (that is the UK not SL), left yesterday for Rome … and the consistory. He made some VAGUE remarks that he MIGHT send us some accounts of the consistory.

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