The 15th issue of Most – The Bridge – the yearly magazine of the Croatian Chaplaincy in London, has just been published (Christmas 2021)
The magazine was established in 2008 to contribute to the growth of the Croatian Catholic community in the United Kingdom and to connect Croatian and British culture. The articles range from ecclesiastical, pastoral, cultural and historical topics to contemporary events of the Croatian community gathered around the Croatian Chaplaincy. Items are published in both the Croatian and English language. It is the only periodical of its kind in the UK.
This year’s edition has 122 pages with over 15 contributors.
The English language articles:
Christopher House, associate editor of The Daily Telegraph, contributes an article on the effects of Covid-19 on exhibitions in museums and galleries as well as on visiting ancient churches.
Most editor Fr Ljubomir Šimunović interviews Reverend Father John Scott of Westminster Cathedral. Amongst other things, the Reverend tells us a bit about the history of the Sacred Heart Church in Horseferry Road, which is used by the Croatian Chaplaincy for Sunday Mass.
Anđelko Mihanović writes about the Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrović and Cardinal Stepinac, focusing on their persecution by totalitarian regimes.
Jadranka Beresford-Peirse, founder and trustee of the International Trust for Croatian Monuments, gives a report on cultural exhibitions in Croatia during 2020, including on the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt in Rijeka and The Art of the Slavonian Nobility: Masterpieces of European Heritage in Zagreb.
Croatian Language School Head Linda Rabuzin presents a report on her activities, including an item from Julia Molden on the School’s visit to Rijeka, Kvarner and Gorski Kotar.
Flora Turner-Vučetić writes on the Thomas Beckett exhibition which was held in the British Museum in 2020. The article focuses on intriguing Croatian links with Thomas Beckett.
In ‘The Man Who Saved Croatia’, Brian Gallagher reviews the book Field Marshal Svetozar Borojević by Daniel Tatić. The review positively appraises this work on this Croatian World War I Field Marshal, whose military accomplishments were largely forgotten after that conflict.
Croatian Tourist Board London director Daria Reić gives an overview of organistation’s work during the year, including the impact of Covid-19. Activities included a virtual press conference for the UK media and a strong presence at the World Travel Market in London during November.
Croatia’s ambassador to the UK, Igor Pokaz, wrote about UK-Croatia relations. He refers to the message of support and financial assistance HRH The Prince of Wales sent on behalf of himself and the Duchess of Cornwall after the Zagreb earthquake. Amongst many other things, he reveals that the embassy coordinated with British authorities the evacuation of six Croatian nationals from Afghanistan.
Peter Elborn gives a report on the British-Croatian Society’s activities, which included online talks by Helen Maling on her RAF father’s adventures from Klanjec to Vocin during World War 2, Aurelia Young on her time as the wife of prominent MP George Young and Bojan Bujic on Rudjer Boskovic.
Well-known members of the Croatian church community, Mišo Marlais and Dubravka Bakija-Marlais are profiled by Marin Milanov, looking at their life in London.
Article in Croatian inlcude items by Dr.don Ivica Žižić, Vladimir Pavlinić and the late prim.dr Robert Torre.
The founder and chief editor of Most is Fr Ljubomir Šimunović, OFM, Chaplain of the Croatian Chaplaincy in London.