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Cyrilomethodian cult in Croatia in the 19. and 20. Century
The article evaluates the extension of cult of St. Cyril and Methodius in Croatia in the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth century and its subsequent decline after World War Two and the effort to restore it by Pope John Paul II. It refers to the fact that although the Benedictine Glagolitic monks, who practiced for centuries the Glagolitic mass, brought to Croatia by pupils of St. Cyril and Methodius, did not support the Cyrilomethodian cult. Respect to the holy brothers from Thessaloniki and their pupils were restored in the nineteenth century thanks to several major national revivalists led by Bishop Josip Jurij Strossmayer. Since the Greek catholic Eparchy of Križevci contributed to the expansion of Cyrilomethodian cult, the central theme of the article deals with the history of Byzantine Catholics and its representative bishop Dijonizije Njaradi, an ardent promoter of the Cyrilomethodian cult. In the second half of the twentieth century the communist regimes in the Eastern Europe brought the stagnation of this cult. However in the eighties Pope John Paul II tried to restore it.
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