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Monsignor Jozic in stable, but critical condition following crash

Hong Kong (SE): Monsignor Ante Jozic, the former representative of the Holy See in Hong Kong, was seriously injured in an accident in Split, Croatia on April 7 and was receiving urgent medical attention.
 
Monsignor Jozic’s vehicle was involved in a collision with another car inside a tunnel in Split around 6.00pm Croatian time on April 7. 
 
The two drivers were taken to hospital immediately but the 24-year-old driver of the other car later died, UCAN reported.
 
The 52-year-old monsignor, recently left Hong Kong after being appointed apostolic nuncio of Ivory Coast and being named by Pope Francis as archbishop of Cissa. He was in Split for his episcopal ordination, which was scheduled for May 1.
 
“Monsignor Ante’s condition turned to stable after his first operation last night. He will undergo a second operation at 7.00pm. Hong Kong time,” Monsignor Javier Herrera-Corona, who now heads the Holy See Study Mission in Hong Kong, said on April 8.
 
“Fortunately, he has avoided serious injuries to his head,” he said.
 
Monsignor Jozic was the de facto representative of the pope in mainland China for 10 years. The Vatican-China provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, signed last September, was agreed to during his term in office.
 
In an April 9 press release, the Study Mission reported that Monsignor Jozic’s condition was critical, but stable. Prayers were requested for all involved in the accident.
 
A Mass was celebrted on April 10, at 7.45am, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 
 
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