|Birth: ||Dec. 29, 1912|
|Death: ||Mar. 17, 2007|
Former Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Spalato–Macarska, Monsignor Frane Franić was born in Kaštel Kambelovac, Croatia, on December 29, 1912, and was ordained to the priesthood at 24 years of age, on December 25, 1936.
Professor at Dogmatic Theology, aged 37, he was appointed by Pope Pius XII as Auxiliary Bishop of the See of Spalato–Macarska, receiving his episcopal consecration with the Titular See of Agathopolis on December 17, 1950, from Bishop Quirino Clemente Bonefacic.
Following the retirement of the named Msgr. Bonefacic, Franić was named as his Successor as Bishop of the Diocese of Spalato–Macarska, on December 24, 1960. When his See was elevated to an Archdiocese, Msgr. Franić was named as its first archbishop on July 27, 1969.
One of the participators of the Second Vatican Council, serving as one of its counselors for various official commissions, during his episcopate, the Archbishop faced several historical difficult periods in his Country, and was a keen promoter for Ecumenism and social dialogue.
During one of his numerous visits to Medjugorje, the Archbishop said: "Our Queen of Peace has done more pastoral work in six years than our bishops did in our dioceses in forty".
Retiring from the pastoral government of his See at the canonical age of 75, on September 10, 1988, the Archbishop passed away at the venerable age of 94, whilst recovered in a clinic in Spalato, on Saturday, March 17, 2007, and lies buried inside the Co–Cathedral of Saint Peter, in the named city of Spalato.
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Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Nov 21, 2008
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It Was You, O God, Who Made Your Servant Archbishop Franić, A Successor Of The Apostles By Raising Him To The Episcopal Order. May He Also Be Associated With Them Forever. We Ask This Through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.|
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