by Srecko Mavrek
The Fifth Congress of the Croatian Diaspora (HIK) – CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES OF UNITY, is being held from June 30 to July 3 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Mostar.
The congress began Thursday with a solemn mass in the Cathedral of Mary. Mother of the Church and continued with a cultural evening in the Croatian house of Herceg Stjepan Kosac.
The opening ceremony took place yesterday, during which the organisers, partners and political leaders from BiH and Croatia gave welcoming speeches.
Among others, the speakers were Marin Sopta, PhD., Chairman of the Croatian Congress Program Committee on Immigration, Petar Palic, Bishop Mostarsko-Duvanjski and Apostolic Administrator of Trebinjsko-Mrkanski, Zoran Tomic, PhD, Rector of the University of Mostar, and Dragan Covic, PhD, Speaker of the Croatian National Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
After the introductory speeches and the opening ceremony, there was a plenary lecture moderated by Dr. Marina Sopta in which Damir Zoric, PhD, from the Croatian Association of Employers presented on the topic Croatian Economy and Identity, Jasna Horvat, PhD, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Economics at JJ Strossmayer University in Osijek on the topic Cultural Capital – the economic life of the Glagolitic language, and Tomo Vuksic, PhD, Archbishop of Vrhbosna, on the topic Moment of the Catholic Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Msgr. Vuksic presented the statistical demographic data of the number of Croats in BiH in recent years. As part of the congress, an Economic Forum was held.
A two-day working part of the congress with many interesting panels and promotions will end with all HIK participants visiting Medjugorje on Sunday.