Croatian PM Set to Meet Pope Benedict XVI

Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic will visit the Vatican on Monday, where he will be received by Pope Benedict XVI.The Croatian premier will hold a meeting with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State and Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, and participate in a roundtable discussion on the 20 years of diplomatic ties between Croatia and the Holy See.

Croatia’s delegation also includes Justice Minister Orsat Miljenic and the head of the state commission for relations with religious communities.

The talks will revolve around the situation in Croatia and the region and Croatia’s forthcoming admission to the European Union, which is expected to take place in July 2013.

Local media outlets have speculated that Milanovic might initiate talks on revising sections of the Vatican-Croatia treaty that concern the funds from Croatia’s state budget designated for the Catholic Church.

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