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Course:: Catholic Church in Croatia

About This Course

Catholic Church is the most influential religious community in Croatia which has influenced the country's overall social and cultural development. The goal of the course is to familiarize students with such events from the Church history. By following these ten lectures, students will gain insight into the significance of the Catholic Church in Croatia. Most of the content deals with the Church activities in the twentieth century, the century of totalitarian regimes, with the special emphasis on Communism.

We will focus on influential Church personas of that time: cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, cardinal Franjo Šeper and cardinal Josip Kuharić. One of the lectures will be devoted to the Second Vatican Council and its impact on Croatia. The final three lectures will be dealing with the more recent events: the fall of Communism and the creation of the independent Croatian state, the influence of Franjo Kuharić, and, finally, the influential role the Catholic Church has in Croatia today.


No background is required, except the interest in the history of the Catholic Church in Croatia.

Course Staff

Josip Kajinić

Josip Kajinić, PhD

Josip Kajinić was born on 24 September 1982 in Zagreb. Having finished primary and secondary education in Zaprešić and Zagreb, he graduated history from the Centre for Croatian Studies in January 2007. In 2007 Josip Kajinić became a PhD student at the Centre for Croatian Studies and a junior researcher at the Croatian Institute of History. He participated in the research project on the topic of the Catholic Church, ideologies and political programs as a research assistant, and in 2012 he earned his PhD with a dissertation on the archbishop Franjo Šeper and church-state relations between 1960 and 1969, under the mentorship of Jure Krišto, PhD. He has published 4 scientific and 16 professional papers and actively participated at a number of scientific assemblies. His works deal with the questions of position and activities of the Catholic Church and its prelates within totalitarian regimes, particularly Communism. He also worked on the monograph on the Croatian Institute of History published in 2011, the year of the Institute's 50th anniversary.

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