Ivan Merz

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Ivan Merz
Bl Ivan Merz u Bazilici Srca Isusova 13 rujna 2008.jpg
Blessed Ivan Merz
Layman
Born(1896-12-16)16 December 1896
Banja Luka, Condominium of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria-Hungary
Died10 May 1928(1928-05-10) (aged 31)
Zagreb, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Beatified22 June 2003, Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina by Pope John Paul II
Feast10 May
PatronageYouth

Ivan Merz (16 December 1896 – 10 May 1928) was a Croatian lay academic, beatified by Pope John Paul II on a visit at Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 22, 2003. Ivan Merz promoted the liturgical movement in Croatia and together with Ivo Protulipac created a movement for the young people, “The Croatian union of the Eagles” (“Hrvatski orlovski savez)”, inspired by the “Eucharistic Crusade,” which he had encountered in France.

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The Director of the Confraternity, Dave Ceasar Dela Cruz was elected as the Vice Postulator of the Cause for the Canonization of Blessed Ivan Merz [1] on 19 March 2008 by the Vatican through the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

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