The HOLY FATHER sailed our ship - Judita
The historical, hundredth apostolic journey of The Holy Father Pope and his stay in Rijeka and Croatia from the June 5th up to June 9th 2003 was also very important for Jadrolinija.
During his visit to Croatia, the Pope made the use of the Pope`s Catamaran. This Catamaran, by which He sailed from Omišalj to Rijeka got also the official name in Vatikan as Catamarano Papale. It was our catamaran Judita.
On the fitth of June 2003, the Pope John Paul II, after having landed on the airport of Krk (island Krk - Croatia), continued his journey from the port of Omišalj by our Catamaran Judita. The Pope, after embarkation on board the ship, took a sit at the specially designed chair and gave His blessing to Jadrolinija and to all our seamen. The representatives of our Company and all eight members of the crew got the comemmorative gold coins, in the permanent memory of this event. Our present to the Holy Father was the model of the ancient coastal cargo sailing vessel-bracera, which is characteristic of our region, with the inscription of the seamen of Jadrolinija, thanking Him in such a way for visiting Croatia and sailing our ship.
After the pleasant sailing in the beautiful blue Kvarner Bay by our catamaran Judita, the Holy Father accompanied by the church personalities, sailed in the Port of Rijeka. It was a great honour and reponsibility for Jadrolinija. We remember these days with pride.
Here are the photographs as the memory of this great event: