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Ecclesiastical Province of Zagreb

Zagrebačka metropolija, Provincia ecclesiastica Zagrabiensis


Ecclesiastical arms in Croatia follow the specifical church heraldic tradition, that differs in details from secolar - nobility and minicipal heraldry. The contemporary ecclesiastical heraldry includes the coats of arms of priests as well as of various church institutions, and at leats in the 20th cnetury shows lesser or greater shift from the traditional heraldic principles when composing contents of a shield. The rank insignia for priests include a galero - priestly hat with wide circular rim with cords with tassels hanging from it. The colour of galero and the number of tassels depends on the rank. Also, bishops display a cross behind the shield, and archbishops a double cross, and they may include other symbols, like mitre and crozier. Matropolitan bishops may also display a pallium hanging behing the shield, although it is today aften omitted.
Today, as a rule, priests elect they arms only when named bishops. When raised to higher offices, they may retain the same arms with appropriately modified rank symbols, but they may also introduce modifications in the contents of the shield, It is usual that once assumed bishop's motto is retained for life.
The ecclesiastical teritorial units in Croatia have coats of arms in Croatia today only occasionally, and if so, they are often composed only of a shield with chanrges within it. They are often based or even equal to the coat of arms of the first official who held the pastoral office in the unit. Sometimes, in stead of arms, (circular) seals are used.
Unlike the municipal and state arms, which are today mostly standardized in design, the ecclesiastical arms of one and the same persion or institution may differ in much details of artistic representation, in accordance with the heraldic tradition, depending on artist and medium. Here they are shown in an artistic interpretation of the author of these web site.
No flags for these individuals nor institution, as a rule, were recorded in use so far.


The Diocese of Zagreb was established by the Hungarian King St. Ladislas I in 1094, first suffragan to Archbisop of Esztergom (Gran), and since 1180 the Archbishop of Kalocsa, under which it remains until 1852, when it was raised to a metropolitan archdiocese, with suffragan dioceses of Bosnia-Srijem, Senj-Moxdruš and Eater rite Eparchy of Križevci. By the end of the 20th century the Archdiocese of Zagreb becomes one of the largest provinces of Catholic Church, with more then 2 million believers, so in 1997 the Varaždin and Požega dioceses are separated from it, in 2008 the Province of Đakovo is established with the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Đakovo-Osijek and the reestablished Diocese of Srijem. In 2010 again new dioceses are established in Sisak and Bjelovar-Lriževci. Since 20th centruy it is custom that the Metropolitan Archbishop of Zagreb receives the title of Cardinal.

See also:

Archdiocese of Zagreb

Zagrebačka nadbiskupija, Archidioecesis Zagrabiensis



Josip Bozanić

Cardinal Josip Bozanić, Archbishop and Metropolitan Bishop of Zagreb

[Josip Bozanić]

In use: since 2003
Source: "Grb", Zagrebačka nadbiskupija, www.zg-nadbiskupija.hr, 03.04.2016.

Azure a dove dosplayed downwards argent over a mullet of eight of the same. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a double cross trefly or with five stones gules, topped with a galero with cords and fifteen tassels on each side gules. Beneath in a ribbon or a motto sable: „Da život imaju“ (Ut vitam habeant - They may have life) [John 10:10].

Cardinal Priest of St. Jerom of the Croats in Rome since 2003, Archbishop and Metropolitan Bishop of Zagreb since 1997. Since 1989 Coadjutor Bishop of Krk, and afterwards Bishop of Krk until 1997. During that in 1996 also Apostolic Administrator of Rijeka and Senj.



Valentin Pozaić

Msgr Dr Valentin Pozaić, S. J., Auxiliary Bishop to the Archbishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Pićan (Pedena)

[Valentin Pozaić]

In use: since 2005
Source: "Mons. Valentin Pozaić", Zagrebačka nadbiskupija, www.zg-nadbiskupija.hr, 03.04.2016.

Per fess gules a sun issuant argent ensigned with christogram IHS and azure ribbons wavy argent and a mullet of eight of the same. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a cross wattely argent, topped with a galero with cords and six tassels on each side vert. Beneath in a ribbon argent a motto sable: „Život biraj“ (Elige vitam - Choose life) [Deut 30:19].

Appointed 2005. Doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1984.



Ivan Šaško

Msgr Dr Ivan Šaško, Auxiliary Bishop to the Archbishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Roraria

[Ivan Šaško]

In use: since 2008
Source: "Grb i opis biskupskog grba", Zagrebačka nadbiskupija, www.zg-nadbiskupija.hr, 03.04.2016.

Per fess, argent an octofoil gules and azure a christogram conjoined with a cross pottent forming a wheel argent. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a cross bottony argent, topped with a galero with cords and six tassels on each side vert. Beneath in a ribbon argent motto gules: „In novitate vitae“ (In newness of life) [Rom 6:4].

Appointed 2008. Doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1997.



Mijo Gorski

Msgr Mijo Gorski, Auxiliary Bishop to the Archbishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Cavtat (Epidaurum)

[Mijo Gorski]

In use: since 2010
Design: Davor Zovko, Eskilstuna, Sweden
Source: "Grb i opis grba", Zagrebačka nadbiskupija, www.zg-nadbiskupija.hr, 03.04.2016.

Quartered by a cross pattee in chief, dexter and sinister, azure a fleur de lys or, also azure scales or, vert an olive twig with a fruit or and also vert an oak twig with an acorn also or. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a cross argent, topped with a galero with cords and six tassels on each side vert. Beneath in a ribbon argent motto sable: „Gospodin moj i Bog moj“ (Dominus meus et Deus meus - My Lord and my God) [John 20:28].

Appointed 2010.



Franjo Kuharić (1919 – 2002)

Cardinal Franjo Kuharić, Archbishop and Metropolitan Bishop of Zagreb

[Franjo Kuharić (1919 – 2002)]

In use: since 1983
Source: "Blažene uspomene - Kardinal Franjo Kuharić", prilog Glasa Koncila (n. d.)

Quartered by a cross argent patte in base, first gules a chalice with a host argent, second azure a letter M argent, third and fourth vert a fleur de lys argent. Behind the shield a crozzier or, topped with a galero with cords and fifteen tassels on each side gules. Beneath in a ribbon argent motto sable: „Deus caritas est“ (God is love) [1 John 4:16].

Since 1997 retired. Cardinal Priest of St. Jerom of the Croats in Rome since 1983, since 1970 Archbishop of Zagreb. Since 1969 Apostolic Adminstrator of the Archdioces of Zagreb. Since 1964 Auxiliary Bishop to the Archbishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Meta.



Đuro Kokša (1922 – 1998)

Msgr Dr Đuro Kokša, Auxiliary Bishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Grumentum

Appointed 1978.



Mijo Škovrc (1919 – 1989)

Msgr Dr Mijo Škovrc, S.J., Auxiliary Bishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Hadrumetum

Appointed 1970. Doctorate at the Institute of Philosopy and Theology of the Society of Jesus in Zagreb. Doctorate honoris causa of the University of Zagreb 1970.



Josip Lach (1899 – 1983)

Msgr Dr Josip Lach, Auxiliary Bishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Dodona

Appointed 1939. Doctorate of thoelogy 1925.



Franjo Šeper (1905 – 1981)

Cardinal Dr Franjo Šeper, Archbishop and Metropolitan Bishop of Zagreb

[Franjo Šeper (1905 – 1981)]

In use: since 1965
Source: Cardinali deceduti 1867 - 2009, Studi di Hans van Heijningen, Araldica Vaticana, www.araldicavaticana.com, 05.02.2016.

Quartered, gules Christogram argent and azure a mullet of six also argent. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a double cross trefly or with four stones gules and four azure, topped with a galero with cords and fifteen tassels on each side gules. Beneath in a ribbon argent a motto sable: „Veritatem facientes in caritate“ (Proclaiming the truth in love) [Eph 4:15].

Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1968. Cardinal Priest of SS Pietro e Paolo a Via Ostiense in Rome appointed in 1965, since 1960 until 1969 Archbishop of Zagreb. Since 1954 Coadjutor Archbishop of Zagreb, Titular Archbishop of Philippopolis in Thracia.



Josip Salač (1908 – 1975)

Msgr Dr Josip Salač, Auxiliary Bishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Baliana

Appointed 1970. Doctorate at the University of Zagreb 1942.



Franjo Salis-Seewis (1872 – 1967)

Msgr Franjo (Francesco) Salis-Seewis, Auxiliary Bishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Corycus

Appointed 1926.



Bl. Aloysius Stepinac (1898 – 1960)

Cardinal Dr Alojzije Stepinac, Archbishop and Metropolitan Bishop of Zagreb

[Bl. Aloysius Stepinac (1898 – 1960)]

In use: since 1953
Source: Blaženi Alojzije Stepinac, Glasnik Postulature, 9 (2002) 4:101, 11.01.2002.

Azure a cross issuant argent between Greek letters Α (Alpha) and Ω (Omega) also argent. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a double cross trefly or, topped with a galero with cords and fifteen tassels on each side gules. Beneath in a ribbon argent a motto sable: „In te Domine speravi“ (I place my trust in you my Lord) [Ps 31].

Cardinal Priest with no assigned title since 1953, since 1937 Archbishop of Zagreb. Since 1934 Coadjutor Archbishop of Zagreb, Titular Archbishop of Nicopsis. Doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1931.


Dr Aloysius Stepinac, Archbishop of Zagreb

[Dr Aloysius Stepinac, Archbishop of Zagreb]

In use: since 1937 until 1953

Azure a cross issuant argent between Greek letters Α (Alpha) and Ω (Omega) also argent. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a double cross trefly or, topped with a galero with cords and ten tassels on each side vert. Beneath in a ribbon argent a motto sable: „In te Domine speravi“ (I place my trust in you my Lord) [Ps 31].

Prior to being a cardinal, Stepinac used as Archbishop the same coat of arms with rank appropriate green hat with ten tassels. It might have been used already since 1934 as Titular Archbishop of Nicopsis.



Antun Bauer (1856 – 1937)

Msgr Dr Antun (Anton) Bauer, Archbishop and Metropolitan Bishop of Zagreb

Appointed 1914. Previously since 1911 Coadjutor Archbishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Pessinus.



Dominik Premuš (1861 – 1934)

Msgr Dominik Premuš, Auxiliary Bishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Belgrade and Smederevo (Belogradum et Semendria)

Appointed 1915. Titular episcopal see (Belogradum et Semendria) renamed to Belgrade (Belogradum) 1928.



Josip Lang (1857 – 1954)

Msgr Dr Josip (Giuseppe) Lang, Auxiliary Bishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Alabanda

Appointed 1915. Doctorate at the Gregorian Pontifical University.



Ivan Krapac (1843 – 1916)

Msgr Dr Ivan (Giovanni Battista) Krapac, Auxiliary Bishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Beograd

Appointed 1904. Afterwards since 1910 Bishop of Bosnia and Srijem (Đakovo).



Juraj Posilović (1834 – 1914)

Msgr Dr Juraj Posilović, Archbishop and Metropolitan Bishop of Zagreb

Appointed 1894. Previously since 1876 Bishop of Senj-Modruš.



Diocese of Varaždin

Varaždinska biskupija, Dioecesis Varasdinesis

[Diocese of Varaždin]
[Diocese of Varaždin]


In use: since 1997
Sources: "Ustoličenje prvog vraždinskog biskupa", IKA, www.ika.hr 29.09.1997.
Photo Marko Vitez, Ludbreg, 4.9.2016.

Per fess, chief per pale, azure a Latin cross argent between the initials M and C also argent, gules two pallets argent, vert a bar wavy argent between three fleurs de lis of the same (1, 2). The flag is vertical, quartered by a yellow Latin cross into dull blue, red and green and with yellow borders along the longer edges, with the yellow bordered coat of arms at the centre of the cross.

Diocese of Varaždin was formed in 1997 by secession from the Archdiocese of Zagreb. The coat of arms in use is equal to the shield of the arms of its first Bishop Culej.



Josip Mrzljak

Msgr Josip Mrzljak, Bishop of Varaždin

[Josip Mrzljak]

In use: since 2007
Source: "Grb i geslo novog varaždinskog biskupa", Varaždinska biskupija, www.biskupija-varazdinska.hr, 2007.

Azure a chathedral issuant argent and in chief sinsiter a mullet of six or. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a cross bottony or, topped with a galero with cords and six tassels on each side vert. Beneath in a ribbon azure motto argent: „Bonum facere“ (To do good).

Appointed in 2007. Since 1999 Auxiliary Bishop to the Archbishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Caltadria. Since then uses his current motto, but the arms may have been different.



Marko Culej (1938 – 2006)

Msgr Marko Culej, Bishop of Varaždin

[Marko Culej (1938 – 2006)]

In use: since 1997
Source: "Ustoličenje prvog vraždinskog biskupa", IKA, www.ika.hr 29.09.1997.

Per fess, chief per pale, azure a Latin cross argent between the initials M and C also argent, gules two pallets argent, vert a bar wavy argent between three fleurs de lis of the same (1, 2). Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a cross bottony or, topped with a galero with cords and six tassels on each side vert. Beneath in a ribbon argent motto sable: „Vita et pax“ (Life and Peace).

Appointed the first Bishop of Varaždin in 1997. Since 1992 Auxiliary Bishop to the Archbishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Limata.



Diocese of Sisak

Sisačka biskupija, Dioecesis Sisciensis

[Diocese of Sisak]

In use: since 2009
Source: "Grb Sisačke biskupije", Sisačka biskupija, www.biskupija-sisak.hr, 07.04.2016.

Per fess, argent christogram or over a bridge with three arches or issuant and azure a millstone hainging from a rope or conjoined with the christogram.

Diocese of Varaždin was formed again in 2009 by secession from the Archdiocese of Zagreb. Historically the Diocese existed from 3rd century until 7th century, metioned occasionally also by the 10th century, and since 1999 was a titular archdiocese.



Vlado Košić

Msgr Dr Vlado Košić, Bishop of Sisak

[Vlado Košić]

In use: since 2009
Source: "Grb i geslo", Sisačka biskupija, www.biskupija-sisak.hr, 07.04.2016.

Per chevron azure a triple annulet or issuant and over per chevron inverted or and vert in a pile issuant from base azure a christogram argent over two shaking hands also argent. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a cross bottony or, topped with a galero with cords and six tassels on each side vert. Beneath in a ribbon azure motto argent: „Ljubav svemu se nada“ (Caritas omnia sperat - Love hopes all things [1Cor 13:7]).

Appointed in 2009. Since 1998 Auxiliary Bishop to the Archbishop of Zagreb, Titular Bishop of Ruspæ. Doctorate at the University of Zagreb in 1997.



Nikola Eterović

Msgr Dr Nikola Eterović, titular archbishop of Siscia (Sisak)

[Nikola Eterović]

In use: since 1999
Sources: "Prva niskupska misa papinskog nuncija u Ukrajini nadbiskupa Nikole Eterovića", 19.07.1999, IKA, www.ika.hr, 03.04.2016.
"Nuntius - Der Apostolische Nuntius in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Erzbischof Dr. Nikola Eterović ", Apostolische Nuntiatur in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland , www.nuntiatur.de, 07.04.2016.

Or a tower chequy gules and argent issuant from the base wavy azure and argent and in the chief three mullets of eight or. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a double cross patte or, topped with a galero with cords and ten tassels on each side vert. Beneath in a ribbon or motto sable: „Caput anguli Christus“ (Christ is the corner stone [Eph 2:20]).

Appointed 1999, in the office until 2009, as Apostolic Nuntio in Ukraine until 2004 and then Secretary General of Synod of Bishops. Since 2013 Apostolic Nuntio to Germany. After restoration of the Diocese of Sisak in 2009, the Titular Archbishop of Vinkovci (Cibala). Doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1980.



Diocese of Bjelovar and Križevci

Bjelovarsko-križevačka biskupija, Dioecesis Bellovariensis-Crisiensis

[Diocese of Bjelovar and Križevci] [Diocese of Bjelovar and Križevci]
In use: since 2009
Sources: Bjelovarsko-križevačka biskupija, www.biskupija-bk.hr, 03.3.2016.
Personal observation in Bjelovar, 03.03.2017.

Gules between two mullets of six argent a christogram also argent above a tower fo the first in a pile inverted of the second. The flag is white with the coat of arms in the centre infront of a red outlined white pastoral cross and the diocesan name inscribed red beneath it.

Diocese of Bjelovar-Križevci was formed in 2009 by secession from the Archdiocese of Zagreb. The coat of arms in use is equal to the shield of the arms of its first Bishop Huzjak.



Vjekoslav Huzjak

Msgr Dr Vjekoslav Huzjak, Bishop of Bjelovar and Križevci

[Vjekoslav Huzjak]

In use: since 2009
Source: "Grb i geslo prvoga Bjelovarsko-križevačkog biskupa mons. Vjekoslava Huzjaka", Bjelovarsko-križevačka biskupija, www.biskupija-bk.hr, 03.3.2016.

Gules between two mullets of six argent a christogram also argent above a tower fo the first in a pile inverted of the second. Behind the shield a pastoral staff with a cross pattee argent, topped with a galero with cords and six tassels on each side vert. Beneath in a ribbon gules motto argent: „Ljubiti Boga i bližnjega“ (Amare Deum et proximum - Love God and neighbour).

Appointed in 2009. Doctorate at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome in 2002. Coats of armns in use are recorded both with motto in Latin as well as in Croatian.



Eparchy of Križevci

Križevačka eparhija, Dioecesis Crisiensis Graeci ritus Catholicorum

Diocese of the Greek-Catholic Church in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenia, uses in liturgy Byzantian eastern rite (Croatian Rite), and serve mases in Old Church-Slavic language. Established in 1611 as the Apostolic Vicariate of Marča, raised to Eparchy of Gornji Tkalec in 1777, renamed Eparchy of Križevci in 1801. From its jurisdiction separated the Apostolic Exarchate of Macedonia in 2001, since 2008 a separate sui iuris Macedonian Catholic Church. Also, in 2003 separated the Apostolic Exarchate of Serbia and Montenegro, with jurisdiction in Serbia and Kosovo.



Nikola Kekić

Msgr. Nikola Kekić, Eparch of Križevci

[Nikola Kekić]

In use: since 2009
Source: "Križevački biskup (vladika) Nikola Kekić", Križevačka eparhija, www.krizevacka-eparhija.com, 30.03.2016.

Azure a triple cross pattee and in the chief gules three mullets of six or (1, 2). The shield topped with an eastern rite mitre and beind the shield an eastern crozier and a blessing cross in saltire all ornamented with details gules. Underneath in a ribbon azure motto argent: „Bog je ljubav“ (God is love).

Appointed in 2009.



Slavomir Miklovš (1934 – 2011)

Msgr Slavomir Miklovš, Eparch of Križevci

Appointed 1983. Retired 2009.



Joakim Segedi (1904 – 2004)

Msgr Joakim Segedi, Auxiliary Bishop, Eparch of Križevci, Titular Bishop of Gypsaria

Appointed 1963. Titular Archbishop of Gypsaira 2004.



Gabrijel Bukatko (1912 – 1981)

Msgr Gabrijel Bukatko, Eparch of Križevci

Appointed 1960. In office until 1961. Previously Apostolic Administrator of Križevci since 1950. Afterwards Apostolic Administrator of Križevci 1961 - 1981, Coadjutor Archbishop of Belgrade 1961 - 1964, Apostolic Administrator of Yugoslav Banat 1964 - 1971, Archbishop of Belgrade 1964 - 1980. Retired in 1980. Doctorate in Rome 1940.



Janko Šimrak (1883 – 1946)

Msgr Dr Janko (Giovanni) Šimrak, Eparch of Križevci

Appointed 1942. Previously Apostolic Administrator of Križevci since 1941. Doctorate in Innsbruck 1910.



Dionizije Njaradi (1874 – 1940)

Msgr Dr Dionizije Njaradi (Dionýz Njarady), Eparch of Križevci

Appointed 1920. Previously Apostolic Administrator sede plena of Križevci 1914 - 1917, Titular Bishop of Abila, Auxillary Episcop of Križevci 1914 - 1920, Apostolic Administrator of Križevci 1917 - 1920, Apostolic Administrator of Prešov (Slovakia) 1922 - 1927.



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