Friday, April 01, 2005

Couple of Thoughts About John Paul II

Some Croatian bloggers are already having entries titled "RIP John Paul II (1920 – 2005)".

I won't have such blog entry, at least not yet, but I nevertheless think that this is appropriate time to say at least one good thing about Roman pontiff.

In Autumn 1994 he visited Croatia, at the time still at war and partially occupied by Serb paramilitaries. That didn't prevent him from creating the largest public gathering in history of Croatia. It is estimated that a million people gathered in Zagreb to listen his speech. During that speech he called for coexistence and brotherhood between Serbian and Croatian people and preached forgiveness.

Of course, Croatians, just like many people in such situations, didn't listen. But John Paul II can never be overpraised for the effort.


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