Croatia’s new ambassador to the Holy Sea, Neven Pelicarić, has presented his credentials to Pope Francis on Monday…
Pelicarić, who was a former ambassador to Spain, addressed the Pope in Spanish.
“I am very happy and honoured to present my letters of credentials, accrediting me as Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to His Holiness,” said Pelicarić, who is also fluent in Italian, French, English, and German, before introducing his wife and two daughters to the Pope.
As per tradition Pelicarić and Pope Francis exchanged gifts. The Croatian diplomat had two gifts for the Pope. The first was a pair of cufflinks.
“They came from the Protochristian church, the church of the 9th and 10th centuries. They are carved in rock and are made of steel. This is how one remembers Croatia,” he explained, before proceeding to give him a second gift, which was a box containing bottles of olive oil.
Pope Francis gave Pelicarić a copy of Evangelii Gaudium and his encyclical, “Laudato Si.” He asked the ambassador to pray for him.