Zagreb - President Zoran Milanović, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković on Saturday issued messages offering their best wishes to believers who celebrate Easter according to the Gregorian calendar.
"To Christian believers the holiday of Easter has always been a time of facing one's own decisions and reconsidering one's own actions, with hope and faith in a new beginning and a better future," Milanović says in his message.
"We are faced with major challenges of today's world and threats that hang over the entire humankind so this is also a time to remind ourselves of the most important religious as well as secular principles of goodness, true love for one's fellow men and respect. Let us recognise and accept those principles as a general message so that we can act in concert to find solutions to the challenges we are all faced with today, and as a lasting inspiration for life in dignity, solidarity and readiness to help our fellow men," Milanović says in his message.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković called in his message on Croatians not to forget about basic human values, be there for one another and continue showing care and understanding for those in need of help.
"We are celebrating Easter in new, special circumstances that have significantly changed our previous way of life. May the spirit of the greatest Christian holiday additionally encourage solidarity, unity and responsibility in overcoming these challenging times. I believe that we will overcome them and by doing so become even stronger and more united," Plenković said in his message.
Offering his best wishes to the faithful for Easter, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković particularly expressed gratitude to medical workers, civil protection staff, police officers, soldiers, firefighters, teachers, shop assistants, transport workers, volunteers and all others who make normal life possible in the current situation, caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
"We are celebrating this Easter in new circumstances, caused by the pandemic as well as the strong quake that struct our capital city and its residents. These challenging times instill in many a feeling of vulnerability, loneliness, fear and anxiety. That is why we need, now more than ever, to remind ourselves of the meaning of Easter, which is that by enduring and sacrificing ourselves we reach hope and light that are stronger than threats and unrest," Jandroković said in his message.