Bozanić, Archbishop of Zagreb, was born on 20 March 1949 in
Rijeka, Croatia. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1975 and holds a
licentiate in dogmatic theology and in canon law.
Cardinal Bozanić served as chancellor and as vicar general of the Curia
of Krk. He was lecturer of dogmatic theology and of canon law at the
Theological Institute of Rijeka.
On 10 May 1989 he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Krk and was ordained
on 25 June 1989. On 14 November 1989 he became Bishop of Krk.
served as Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Rijeka-Senj.
Within the Bishops’ Conference of Croatia, he served as President of the
Commission for the Laity, President of the Commission for Relations with the
State and as member of the Permanent Council.
In 1997, he was elected President of the Bishops’ Conference of
Croatia and served until 2007.
He served as Vice-President of the Council of European
Bishops' Conferences from 2001 until 2011.
On 5 July 1997 he was nominated
Archbishop of Zagreb.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl.
John Paul II in the consistory of
21 October 2003, of the Title of S. Girolamo dei Croati (St. Jerome of the
- Congregations: for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the
Sacraments; for Catholic Education;
- Pontifical Councils: for the Laity; for
Promoting New Evangelization; for Social Communications;
- Special Council for Europe of the General
Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.