Do not give dictators a chance, Pope tells Europe
While meeting Croatia's new ambassador to the Holy See, Franjo Zenko, last Friday, Pope John Paul II called Europeans not to give dictatorships a chance.
"The dictatorships Croatia has been subjected to in the last century serve as a serious warning that cannot be forgotten," the Pope stressed. "The disastrous consequences of such harmful ideologies constitute a pressing exhortation never to allow such dramatic things to happen in the future."
While noting that the successive wars in the Balkans are still threatening the democratization of Croatia, the Holy Father called Europe to form a front against totalitarianism.
"Now more than ever, the countries of Europe are called to increased collaboration, based on reciprocal esteem, comprehension and interdependence," he said.