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Josip Bozanić (born March 20, 1949) is a Croatian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the eighth and current Archbishop of Zagreb, having previously served as Bishop of Krk from 1989 to 1997. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003.
Early life and ordination
Josip Bozanić was born in Rijeka, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), to Ivan Bozanić and Dinka Valković. He attended the minor seminary of Pazin, and the Theological Faculties of Rijeka and Zagreb, where he obtained a Master's degree in theology. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1975 by Bishop Karmelo Zazinović, to whom Bozanić then served as private secretary until 1976.
He was a parish priest for three years before furthering his studies in Rome from 1979 to 1985. He earned a licentiate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and a licentiate in canon law from the Pontifical Lateran University.
Upon his return to Yugoslavia, he served as chancellor (1986-1987) and vicar general (1987-1989) of the Diocese of Krk. He also taught dogmatic theology and canon law at the Theological Institute of Rijeka from 1988 to 1997.
On May 10, 1989, Bozanić was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Krk by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following June 25 from Franjo Cardinal Kuharić, with Archbishop Josip Pavlišic and Bishop Zazinović serving as co-consecrators, at Assumption Cathedral. He later succeeded Zazinović as Bishop of Krk upon the latter's retirement on November 14, 1989; one of his ancestors, Bartol Bozanić, served in the same post from 1839 to 1854.
He briefly served as Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese of Rijeka-Senj from June to November 1996, and was named the eighth Archbishop of Zagreb on July 5, 1997. As Zagreb archbishop, Bozanić also serves as Primate of Croatia. He has also been the President of the Croatian Bishops' Conference between 1997 and 2007, and the Vice-President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences between 2001 and 2006.
John Paul II created him Cardinal Priest of San Girolamo dei Croati in the consistory of October 21, 2003. Bozanić was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.
Within the Roman Curia, he is a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Pontifical Council for the Laity, and Special Council for Europe of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.
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