Life And Actions of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac – As Clean As A Whistle

Alojzije Stepinac exhibition EUP 2016 poster

 

Croatian member of the European Parliament Marijana Petir, the Zagreb Archdiocese and the Croatian Catholic University organised in the EU Parliament an exhibition on the life and work of the Blessed Aloysius Stepinac; the exhibition was opened at the European Parliament in Brussels on the evening of Tuesday 14 June 2016 and this important event was followed by a conference on Stepinac’s humanitarian work that started the next day and included presentations from the organisers as well as a paper by Dr Esther Gitman, US based renowned researcher and author of the book “When Courage Prevailed: the rescue and survival of Jews in the Independent State of Croatia 1941-1945″ on WWII rescue and saving of the Jews in Croatia.

 

Despite Serbia’s protests to the EU Parliament in which its Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic maliciously, and with utter disregard for the truth, said that the exhibition and conference of Aloysius Stepinac in the European Parliament is an attempt to remove responsibility from the Croatian cardinal and rehabilitate the Ustasha movement. The fact that Stepinac was not a member of the WWII Ustashe regime nor its supporter or follower Serbia still drives its wagon of lies and vilification against Croatia, against Stepinac, instead of facing its own demons from the past and present. Dacic said that the exhibition and conference “Croatian saint Cardinal Stepinac” are not “a step towards reconciliation nor to the truth, but only deepen divisions.” Perhaps Mr Dacic is fighting so hard in trying to stop the truth because once the real truth of WWII and the peril of Jews at the hands of Serbs come to the surface, Serbia will have plenty of crimes to finally answer for on the international podium that is still polluted by politicians like Dacic, who hide the truth that may go against their country or nation.

Marijana Petir, MEP in Brussels 14 June 2016 at side of statue of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac

Marijana Petir, MEP in Brussels 14 June 2016
at side of statue of Blessed Alojzije Stepinac

Marijana Petir, shrugged off as unimportant Serbia’s reported protest against the exhibition and conference and commented that the event received full support from the EUP – because the life and actions of Blessed Aloysius Stepinac were “as clean as a whistle”.

 

From left: Rector Zeljko Tanjic, mons. Ivan SaSko, Vice-president EUP Mairead McGuinness, MEP Marijna Petir and mons. Vlado Kosic at exhibition in EUP Photo: www.unicath.hr

From left: Rector Zeljko Tanjic,
mons. Ivan SaSko,
Vice-president EUP Mairead McGuinness,
MEP Marijna Petir and mons. Vlado Kosic
at exhibition in EUP
Photo: http://www.unicath.hr

The European Parliament Vice President Mairead McGuinness, a MEP from Ireland, opened the exhibition with the opening ceremony attended, among others, by representatives of the Zagreb Archdiocese and Crotian Catholic University.
Bishop mons. Ivan Sasko, an assisting bishop from the Zagreb Archdiocese, said that Stepinac was “an example of a European who lived the values of the culture of Christianity that has largely shaped Europe’s identity.”
His service made him permanently exposed… not only to the public but to the blows of three fatal ideologies – fascism, Nazism and communism, which marked a large part of the 20th century in Europe,” said Sasko.

At the time of communism, his good deeds were not spoken about and were covered up… the evidence of his exposure did not disappear despite its having been terribly distorted and manipulated,” Sasko said, adding that after communism one could freely talk about Stepinac but that decades of propaganda had caused damage.
Blessed Alojzije Stepinac became Zagreb Archbishop in 1937. He was named a cardinal in 1953 and Pope John Paul II beatified him in the Croatian shrine of Marija Bistrica on 3 October 1998. His canonisation is expected soon even though Pope Francis has not yet nominated the date.

Alojzije Stepinac Exhibition EU Parliament June 2016

Alojzije Stepinac
Exhibition EU Parliament
June 2016

On Wednesday 15 June, at the conference start Marijana Petir said that “in the time of severely disrupted interpersonal relations, Blessed Alojzije Stepinac’s humanitarian work shows us the meaning of philanthropy in its splendor and fullness”. Relating to Stepinac’s charity work she said that “we can recognise its size – he had always had open eyes and heart for the weakest and most vulnerable, trying to alleviate their pain and suffering, and not afraid to take risks and risking his own.”
The Rector of the Croatian Catholic University, Dr Zeljko Tanjic, emphasised that the “Croatian Catholic University is on of the youngest universities in Croatia and in Europe and it strives towards excellence scientific and teaching pursuits, but it’s also dedicated to the offering of examples and ideals that will help the students with their maturity, helping through the Christian vision of people and society shape their opinions, ideas and ways to act that will help change the Croatian and the European reality. These positive characteristics are unified in Aloysius Stepinac’s life and with his life and activities he is one of those people that are still much undiscovered across the European public as a forerunner of all fundamental ideas upon which the community of the European people and states were built, the ideas he drew from faith, loyalty to fundamental moral principles and those of Church’s mission, always defending the specificity and the importance of every person regardless of religion, race, nationality, gender or conscience, especially in hard times of the Ustashe and Communist regimes and totalitarianism. ”

Second from left: Dr Esther Gitman Alojzije Stepinac Conference EU Parliament

Second from left: Dr Esther Gitman
Alojzije Stepinac Conference EU Parliament

Dr Esther Gitman delivered her presentation at the conference with particular focus on the importance of Dr Aloysius Stepinac and his word for the understanding of contemporary Europe, presenting a number of the researched facts of Stepinac’s good deeds during WWII, his tireless work in saving the vulnerable and the persecuted, his own persecution and false communist accusations, trial and prosecution. Dr Gitman concluded her presentation with the following words:
“…As mentioned earlier, the European Union aim was and still is, of ending wars among neighbors. European countries began to cooperate economically in 1951, only six countries participated, today, 28 member countries are in the union, with the accession of Croatia on July 1, 2013.
And we are hereby reminded that the creation and the ever growing life of peace and camaraderie among many different nations in contemporary Europe have been driven by the wisdom and fortitude of men like Croatia’s Alojzije Stepinac who has envisioned as essential the freedom and respect for the right of every nation to its full development and to independence in its national life. … This is the time when Europe needs leaders with a clear vision of a strong peaceful, and war free Europe.”

Aloysius Stepinac conference at EU Brussels JUne 2016

Aloysius Stepinac conference
at EU Brussels June 2016

Media reported late last week, after the exhibition and conference in Brussels, that Serbia sacked its ambassador to the EU Dusko Lopandic, the official explanation being that he has been unable to prevent an exhibition in the European Parliament honouring Croatia’s Blessed Aloysius Stepinac! Such actions do make one very sick and to think Serbia is in pursuit of EU membership with such barbaric attitudes to the truth and freedom of expression! How awful would it be to “rub shoulders” with such hateful attitudes on daily basis along EUP corridors. Shudder to think.  Just as well the Aloysius Stepinac exhibition and conference were a hit and a step further on the path to his canonisation, which is expected – and I would say due – in the near future. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps.(Syd)

Croatia: Joint Movement of Good – A Refreshing Force for EU Parliament Elections

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Croatia will become the 28th member state of the European Union on 1st July this year – it will enter an established “international club” and it will strive to positively contribute to the life and the future of this “club”.

The Croatian Democratic Centre party (DC) had invited a group of distinguished Croatian citizens, who have excelled in the creation, defence and work for Croatia, regardless of any political party affiliations they may have, or not have, regardless of their political activities, to be candidates from EU Parliament elections.

Good, diligent and capable people exist. The system needs to facilitate and enable the expression of their activities, and DC has achieved this by compiling a list of independent citizens into its List of Candidates for the 14 April EU Parliament elections to be held in Croatia and its diplomatic missions abroad.

These are their Values, who they are and what they propose.

Our Values of Good:

•    All that is morally correct and just, is Good
•    Croatia is Good because it arose from the expressed will of the majority of its citizens
•    The civilisation of Good is the only path and it is possible
•    The civilisation of Evil is no longer possible
•    The Joint Movement of Evil had defined the International Criminal Tribunal in the Hague
•    We have realised Joint Movements of Good – through our will, knowledge, networking and actions
•    Good is the awakening of the will to do and spread the good, to foster knowledge, to join people, act and transcend the good – excel in the good
•    Our truth binds knowledge, beauty, experience and faith into the joint movement of good and builds a civilisation of good
•    We reject political and religious dualism, the division into good and evil
•    There is only one God – People create the Universal Good, either individually or jointly, where all are equal and all alone are weak, transient and sinful
•    We support freedom, democracy and human dignity for all
•    There are no superior people, no inferior people and no inhuman people
•    Europe, Croatia, all states and all the people of Europe, need and want a better world
•    Through vision of the Good, we apply ourselves and actively create a better world for Europe, Croatia, States and people

Support the Joint  Movement of Good

•    Every one of us (the EU Parliament candidates of the Joint Movement of Good) can and will represent our proposals because we have become Good People through our past work and actions
•    If no one from this List is elected, every Good person from other lists can represent these proposals
•    If no one from Croatia wants to represent them, any other Good person can represent them, any representative from another European country can represent them
•    If no member of the European Parliament wants to represent them, every European Good person can represent them, regardless of his/her gender, nationality, age, religion, political persuasion …
•    Visions should be expressed in words, join people and realised through actions
•    Calls for help to Dubrovnik, to the hospital in Nova Bila, Help for the Elderly after the Operation Storm, Peaceful Reintegration and others, were conversions of words into actions.

Matthew 25:40: “Truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me!
Today they are the unemployed, the young who lack the courage to have children.

The Candidates of the Joint Movement of Good for EU Parliament elections, 14 April 2013: 
All the candidates have through their own actions demonstrated that they are Good people, in the creation and the defence of Croatia, and in their own personal careers to date.
Each one of them can enrich the future of Europe with Croatia and Croatia with Europe.
All can successfully represent Croatia before the European Parliament and across Europe.
Each one of them is, in his or her specific knowledge, experience and work, irreplaceable.

slobodan-langSlobodan Lang
Born 1945 in Zagreb; Professor of Public Health in Croatia and the world; Performed at highest state, parliamentary and diplomatic functions; President of network of healthy cities;
Prominent veteran and humanitarian; Published several books, scientific and other works;
Medical doctor; Believes in God, loves people and searches for the Good – everything else is less important

Aida Cvjetkovic

Aida Cvjetković
Born 1949, Island of Sipan; Called upon the women of Dubrovnik to remain in the city during its siege in 1991; Docoral disseratation under heading “Dubrovnik shipowner Frederiko Glavic”; leading professional in Tourism

Vida Demarin

Vida Demarin
Born 1944 in Zagreb; University Professor of Neurology; 2011 Woman of the Year; An Academic; Leading world professional in Neurology; Significantly contributed to the prevention of stroke

Darko Dovranic

Darko Dovranić
War TV correspondent, film director; Directed several films on the defence of Croatia; President Assembly of war correspondents of Croatian radio and television;
Again, the truth becomes the main criterion according to which we must live”:
During the aggression we were guided by the idea that only truth can save us. However, today we have forgotten the truth and a great deal remains unsaid, and the situation is so hard that a person cannot move away from his own problems, let alone worry about someone else’s problems”.

Josko Juvancic

Joško Juvančić
Joško Juvančić – Jupa born in Dubrovnik 1936; Legendary and very distinguished Croatian film and theatre director; Dean of Academy and especially active in Dubrovnik Summer Festival; Awarded with numerous distingushed awards and recognition, among them are Nazor Award, Dubravko Dujsin Award, and several awards by the Croatian Association of Theatre Artists; Irreplaceable in depiction of Croatian culture

Dragan Milanovic

Dragan Milanović
Born 1946, in Gospic. Graduated from High School and Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb; Played for 10 years as professional football payer for FC Lokomotiva and FC Zagreb; Adviser to Croatian government 2000 in Donji Lapac, Licko-senjska county;
Worked alone for eight years in the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Belgrade; exceptional skills in communication, information and team work

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Branko Pek
Born 1952 in Podrute
Leading member of the organisation for Croatian refugees and returnees since early 1990’s
Knows more than anyone else in the world about the persecution of Croats and their return to their Home.

Danijel RehakDanijel Rehak
President of Croatian Association of Detainees in Serb Concentration Camps (HDLSKL).
He emphasised that about 30,000 Croatian detainees were held in Serb concentration camps, of which there were 70. “About three hundred of the detainees were killed in the camps and about 2,400 considered as missing”; the truth about the camps has not been fully considered

Tibor SantoTibor Santo
Born 1954 in Zdenci. A Hungarian
Specialist in public health
Has been a member of parliament in Croatia and the president of the parliamentary club on national minorities
Fighter for health from his youth to today, in war and in peace

Vjera KatalinicVjera Katalinić
PhD in musicology, Vienna, 1999
Editor-in-chief of the Journal Arti musices (1999-2006) and several proceedings
Organised several international and national musicological symposia
Scientific advisor and director of the Dep’t for the History of Croatian Music, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb. Part-time associate professor of the Dep’t of Musicology, Music Academy of Zagreb University. Author of books and scientific papers published in Croatia, European countries and USA. Participant in domestic and international scientific projects.
Ina Vukic 2013 FebIna Vukić
Born 1949 in Zrnovo, Island of Korcula. Left Yugoslavia in 1962.
A professor and master of psychology.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of services for people with disabilities and mental health difficulties in northern Sydney area.
Recipient in 1995 of Croatian medals of honour “Commemorative medal of war remembrance” and “Order of Croatian trefoil”; From Australia, since 1990 to today, she defends and builds Croatia, every day; of recent Wikipedia has included her opinions (the only ones from Croatia), as human rights activist, into its article on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

petar-basic

Petar Bašić
Born 1971 in Slavonski Brod
A Historian and Secretary of DC (Democratic Centre Party)

Proposals of the Good:

I.    To the European Parliament/Union

1.    Committee on full employment
2.    Committee on demographic Health (birth, family, the aged, living arrangement)
3.    Sustainable development (the country that proposes a sustainable development – democratic + economic + ecological + human rights), to be freed from debt within European Union countries
4.    Establishment of European forces of good (humanitarian, educational, work actions …)
5.    Adoption of the Romani as a nation of people of Europe (not only minorities in different countries)
6.     European conference about good

II.    To Croatia
1.    Nora’s conference on experimental therapy in Croatia
2.    Protection of Croatian “peasant women” (kumica) and farm produce markets (advice of the respectable)
3.    Franjo’s fund for superior international education of successful students
4.    Book “A Righteous War”
5.    Conference on Croatian future (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, minorities, émigrés and invited internationally)

III To Respecting the Good – History and Dignity

1.    Commemorating the significant places where good was done
2.    The Roads of Good
3.    Sign on houses of the righteous among nations (returning good people from the museums to be among the people – there are 20,000 of them from countries of the European Union)
4.     Jewish flag at half-mast in front of the European Union Parliament building (a sign of responsibility for small nations. The Holocaust had turned the Jews into minorities)
5.    Town and city squares dedicated to Victims (respecting the past and responsibility for the future)

Am so proud to be an active member of this Joint Movement of Good. Ina Vukic, Prof. (Zgb); B.A., M.A.Ps. (Syd)

Croatia: EU Parliament Elections In Sight

Ina Vukic for EU Parliament

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