Pope Francis accepts renunciation of the service of Bishop Pero Sudar


On October 18th, the Holy Father accepted the waiver of the service of the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna, Msgr. Pero Sudar.

The news of the resignation of Bishop Pero Sudar was published by the Holy See Press Office, with no mention of the reasons for his resignation or further clarification.

Msgr. Pero Sudar was born on July 3rd, 1951. in Bare, Konjic municipality, the parish of Solakova Kula in the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna. He attended elementary school in Bare and Seonica, and a Jesuit high school in Zagreb and Dubrovnik.

He completed his philosophical-theological studies in Sarajevo, where he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna on June 29th, 1977. After one year of pastoral experience in the parish of Komušina, he was sent to study canon law in Rome. During his six-year studies in Rome at the Pontifical Universities of Gregoriana and Urbaniana, he obtained a PhD in canon law on the subject of the Physical Person in the Legislation of the Church, and completed his studies of atheism and the Roman Rota.

Upon his return to Sarajevo in the fall of 1985., he was entrusted with the office of court vicar and was named a member of the Ordinary Office. In the summer semester of 1986., he began teaching at Vrhbosna Catholic Theology, and in the fall of 1989. he was elected Dean and Rector of Vrhbosna Catholic Theology.

During this period, he occasionally published papers in the field of legal topics and pedagogy in domestic and foreign journals and books.

He was appointed Bishop of Selja and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna on May 10th, 1993., and was consecrated in the Sarajevo cathedral of the Heart of Jesus on January 6th, 1994.

At the Bishops' Conference of BiH, he served as Secretary General, President of the Justice and Peace Commission, and Commission for Relations with the State of BiH, and was chairman of the Catechetical Council, the Supervisory Council of Caritas BiH, and the Believers outside the country Council.

With the aim of assisting and material reconstruction of the Archdiocese, during the war and after the war, he established links and formed partnerships with about one hundred dioceses and parishes abroad and destroyed parishes of the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna.

As a promoter of the Catholic School System for Europe, he took care of the reconstruction and construction of the necessary facilities and organized the opening and operation of Catholic school centres in the Archdiocese of Vrhbosna.