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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.

Blessed Ivan Merz
Bl Ivan Merz u Bazilici Srca Isusova 13 rujna 2008.jpg
Blessed Ivan Merz
Born(1896-12-16)16 December 1896
Banja Luka, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, now (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Died10 May 1928(1928-05-10) (aged 31)
Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, (now Croatia)
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church
Beatified22 June 2003, Banja Luka by John Paul II
Feast10 May

Merz opposed democracy. [1]

Legacy in the PhilippinesEdit

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 [2] on 19 March 2008 by the Vatican through the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ GRÜNFELDER, ANNA MARIA. "Ivan Merz i Marica Stanković nisu uzori za sva vremena". (in Croatian).
  2. ^ The Official Website of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines News Service (Accessed on March 19, 2009)