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Massive new pipe organ for Croatian cathedral

Catholic World News - January 15, 2010

Archbishop Ivan Prendja of Zadar (Zara)-- a diocese with 158,000 Catholics-- blessed a massive new pipe organ for his cathedral on January 14. The organ, which has 4,026 pipes, is the third largest in Croatia and cost 915,000 euros ($1.33 million). It replaces an organ damaged during the Croatian War of Independence in the early 1990s.

In 1963, the Second Vatican Council declared that “in the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem.” Nonetheless, in the ensuing decades the pipe organ has fallen into disuse in many places.

86% of Croatia’s 3.9 million people are Catholic.

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  • Posted by: niall - Jan. 17, 2010 12:17 PM ET USA

    Great to see that some churches in the 21st century are still giving pride of place to the king of instruments! Thanks be to God for all the generous benefactors. A pipe organ is one of the finest investments a church can make - I hope many other churches follow the example of Zara cathedral!

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