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Mesic wants no religious symbols in state offices

Croatian Times

President Stjepan Mesic believes all Catholic crosses should be removed from Croatian state offices.

Mesic believes the Catholic Church itself should have asked for that to be done because no religious symbols should be allowed in state offices in a secular country.

Mesic’s reaction came in response to Catholic weekly "Glas koncila" allegation that Mesic was a traitor. The newspaper has been opposed to him for years.

In an interview on Croatian national radio (HR), the president said he did not want to argue with the Church but that it was wrong for a weekly newspaper published  by the Zagreb archdiocese to call the head of state a traitor.

The president accused the Church of having a privileged position because it received a large subsidy from the state.

Mesic believes the Church should stay out of politics.

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