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Croatian foreign minister meets with Croatian Franciscans in Jerusalem

ZAGREB, Sept 7 (Hina) – Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlic Radman on Sunday visited the holy places in Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and met with Croatian Franciscans serving in the Custody of the Holy Land, his ministry said in a press release.

The minister is on an official visit to Israel. In talks with the Franciscans, he underlined their committed work since St. Francis’s arrival to the Holy Land, including pastoral care for pilgrims and local Christians as well as work in culture and education.

The minister also underlined the important role Croatian Franciscans played in the history of the Holy Land and thanked them for their work.

“Many thanks to the Croatian Franciscans, who serve all those in need in these holy places, continuing the noble work not only of the Croats but of all the Franciscans of the world,” Grlic Radman said.

The minister was also scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Alternate Prime Minister and Defence Minister Benjamin Gantz and Speaker of the Knesset Yariv Levin during his two-day official visit.

He was also due to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Centre.

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