From the Mail:
[Note: Medjugorje itself is under the auspices of an archbishop who is a special Vatican envoy there]
COMING FROM HVAR The new bishop in Mostar is Petar Palić
The Bishop of Hvar, Petar Palić, is the successor of the Bishop of Mostar and Duvanj, Ratko Perić. Palic was born in Pristina on July 3, 1972, to a Janjevac Croat family. After primary school, he attended the Classical Gymnasium in Skopje and Subotica, and the Catholic Theological Faculty in Zagreb. What is not stated in the biography, and what colleagues like to say about Palić, is that he is a good man. At the age of 48, he is also a young bishop, and he is expected to be a bishop in Mostar for a long time.
BISHOP LEAVES RARELY The Vatican appoints a bishop in Mostar at noon!
The Vatican will appoint a new bishop in Mostar today, hercegovina.info has learned from several sources close to the Church in Croatia. The name of the new bishop should be announced today at noon, and according to our
When it comes to the two weights of Bishop Ratko and his predecessor – the Herzegovinian case and the Medjugorje phenomenon, it is expected that Palić will look at them more objectively precisely because he does not come from BiH. Palić was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Dubrovnik on June 1, 1996. In October 2005, he enrolled in the postgraduate study of theology at the Karl-Franzens Faculty of Theology, University of Graz, and at the same time Msgr. Egon Kapellari, Bishop of the Diocese of Graz-Seckau, entrusted the administration of the parish of Dobl, which he managed until September 2008. He obtained a doctorate in theology from the University in 2009, with the topic “For the culture of life. The commitment of the Church in Croatia to the culture of life based on the encyclical Gospel of Life from 1995-2005).”
In the diocese he served as head of the Catechetic Office, personal secretary of the bishop of Dubrovnik, director of the Institution for the Maintenance of the Clergy and other church officials. From 2011 to 2017, he served as Vicar General of the Diocese of Dubrovnik.
In 2003, he was chairman of the Central Committee to prepare for the visit of Pope John Paul II. Dubrovnik and President of the Organizing Committee of the Meeting of Croatian Catholic Youth in Dubrovnik in 2014. He was also a member of the Council of the Croatian Catholic Church for Catechesis and New Evangelization. Since 2017, he has been the Secretary General of the Croatian Bishops’ Conference.
Pope Francis appointed him Bishop of Hvar on March 9, 2018. He was ordained a bishop on April 30, 2018 in the Hvar Cathedral, and also took over the management of the diocese.
The main ordained was Želimir Puljić, the Archbishop of Zadar, and the co-ordained were Slobodan Štambuk, the retired Bishop of Hvar, and Mate Uzinić, the Bishop of Dubrovnik. In the Croatian Bishops’ Conference, he serves as Secretary General and Chairman of the CBC Committee for Social Communications.
It is interesting to say on this occasion that on the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Bishop Ratko, which was celebrated last year in September, one of the guests from Croatia was Bishop Petar. It is certain that at that time he did not even dream that it would be his new episcopal address.
Bishop Ratko was ordained in 1992 in Neum. He arrived in the ruined Diocese, rebuilt and built, and, following in the footsteps of his predecessor, acted on the issue of chance and phenomenon. He was dealt a severe blow just before his retirement, when the decision of the Vatican exempted Medjugorje from the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Mostar.