Pope Benedict says he supports Croatia’s membership in the European Union (EU) if the mainly Catholic Balkan nation helps to defend Christian values. The pontiff made his remarks in the capital, Zagreb, at the start of his two-day trip to the country.

A small boy and a small girl, dressed in traditional Croatian costumes, were among the first to meet Pope Benedict, handing him a bouquet of flowers.

The pontiff’s arrival at Zagreb’s Pleso airport marked the beginning of his first visit to Croatia, at a time when it seeks membership in the European Union.

A military honor guard stood nearby as the 84-year-old pope slowly walked over a red carpet to a platform to shield him from the burning Balkan sun.

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