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Staunchly Catholic Croatia prepares for pope's visit

The Papal visit to Croatia

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Drina Cavar, who heads the Catholic association Kristov Stol (Christ's Table), said the papal visit on Sunday "symbolises our traditional and historic bonds with the pope, the Church and the Catholic religion."

With EU membership, which Zagreb hopes to achieve by 2013, Croatia will sacrifice parts of its "independence and authenticity," Cavar argued.

The pope's trip, she said, "will strengthen our original and traditional values when we are at a historic turning point."