DAILY CATHOLIC     MONDAY     September 28, 1998     vol. 9, no. 189

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          PARIS (CWNews.com) - The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Friday urged Pope John Paul II to delay the planned beatification of the late Croatian Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac until after a study of alleged connections to World War II Nazis.

          The center told the Vatican in a letter that it should delay the ceremony in view of the Holy Father's oft-stated desire for reconciliation with Jews. "We urge him to postpone this beatification until after the completion of an exhaustive study of Stepinac's wartime record based on full access to Vatican archives," wrote Shimon Samuels, the center's director for international relations.

          Although Cardinal Stepinac roundly condemned the racial policies of a short-lived Croatian nationalist regime, he has been repeatedly accused of pro-Nazi sympathies because he had originally welcomed the effort to oust a government which Croatians saw as oppressive. In the August-September issue of Catholic World Report, reporters Josip Stilinovic and Robin Harris charge that the propaganda campaign against Stepinac began when he refused a request from a subsequent Communist government to set up a Croation Catholic Church, independent of Rome.

          The Holy Father is scheduled to beatify the former archbishop of Zagreb in the Croatian town of Marija Bistrica on October 3. Stepinac was cited by the cause for his beatification as martyr for the faith who was persecuted by Yugoslavia's Communist government.

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September 28, 1998       volume 9, no. 189


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