Hocevar: Belgrade is a bridge between East and West, one hundred years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See
A collection of scientific papers entitled “Belgrade and the Vatican: Segments of Diplomatic History” was presented tonight at the Belgrade Archdiocese, which is also the publisher, on the occasion of the centennial of establishing diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes and the Holy See (1920-2020).

“The Belgrade Archdiocese has felt a great need and, as a witness of time and many events, as one who shares the fate and history of the capital Belgrade, which is a kind of bridge between East and West, that she, as many times before, contributes to building an open dialogue both on what happened and what awaits us in the future “, said the Archbishop of Belgrade Stanislav Hočevar, at the presentation of the collection, on which the work was postponed due to the pandemic.

As he stated, the Belgrade Archdiocese respectfully waited for the official commemorations of this diplomatic jubilee to pass in the institutions, in order to then “present its modest contribution in the form of this collection”.

He reminded that an exhibition was previously held in the State Archives of Serbia on the occasion of the centenary of diplomatic relations, and then it was shown at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome, which was also attended by Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic during his visit to the Vatican.

As he stated, the Secretary of the Holy See for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, was in Belgrade recently and met with the top of the state and the Serbian Orthodox Church (SOC).

Stating that “dialogue is the form and essence of diplomacy”, he explained that the archdiocese gathered local and experts from Rome who have a common commitment to studying that “specific science and art, as we call diplomacy”.

In addition to the editor’s introductory study, the collection contains six original scientific papers by eminent experts in the field of international relations and diplomatic history, Miloš Vulić, Milosav Djoković, Radmila Radić, Rita Tolomeo, Giuseppe Maria Croce and Massimiliano Valente.

According to Archbishop Hocevar, their scientific papers collected in the collection are intended for experts, diplomats, church representatives as well as lay people interested in the diplomatic history of Belgrade and the Vatican, “which requires special attention due to its complexity.”

In a letter read at the promotion, Serbian Ambassador to the Holy See Sima Avramovic pointed out that the appearance of new works is of great importance for a fuller view of a number of finesse in establishing diplomatic relations between the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, Slovenes and the Holy See.

“The works in this collection primarily encourage thinking about how important our bilateral relations were for both sides, strengthening the belief in the necessity of their further development in the times to come,” said Avramović.

The presentation was attended by representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the state, former ambassadors to the Holy See and other public figures.

By Editor

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