Thousands of people have queued in the Croatian capital Zagreb to pay respects to the body of St. Leopold Mandić…
The body of St. Leopold Mandić arrived in Zagreb from Padova in Italy around 5:00 pm on Wednesday. After a prayer his body was taken into Zagreb Cathedral where thousands had queued up to take a look at pay their respects and pray.
His body will be available to view in Zagreb Cathedral until the end of day on Thursday. From Friday to Monday it will be at the St. Leopold Church in the Zagreb suburb of Dubrava.
St. Leopold Mandić was born on 12 May 1866 and died on 30 July 1942. He was a Croatian Capuchin friar and Catholic priest, who suffered from disabilities that would plague his speech and stature. He developed tremendous spiritual strength in spite of his disabilities.
He spent almost all his adult life in Italy, living in Padua from 1906 until his death. He also spent one year in an Italian prison during World War I, since he would not renounce his Croatian nationality. He also dreamed unceasingly about reuniting the Catholic and Orthodox churches and going to the Orient. He became known as Apostle of Confession and Apostle of Unity. He made a famous prayer that is the forerunner of today’s ecumenism.