Speaking on belhalf of the Catholic Church in Croatia, Zadar Bishop Zelimir Puljic has said that Pope Benedict XVI will remain in the memories of Croats as a “great Pope” who respected Croats.
On Monday Pope Benedict XVI (85), citing old age and diminishing health, announced that he would resign as head of the world’s Roman Catholic following effect from 28 February.
“Benedict XVI was distinctly a great Pope and his decision is a mark of his greatness because he correctly said that he could not do it anymore and that is a mark of his humility and greatness,” said Puljic, adding that Croatia was dear to the Pope, just as it was his predecessor John Paul II.
Pope Benedict XVI, who was in Croatia last in 2011, is the first Pope in 600 years to hand in his notice. The Germany took over office in 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II.