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Karlobag (Lika-Senj, Croatia)

Opc'ina Karlobag

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The coat of arms pictures the parton of the town, St. Charles Borromeo holding a cross in his dexter, issuning from a cloud in base. Flag unknown.
Karlobag is a town established by the Austrian emperor Charles IV as the ending point of the road from hinterland to coast built by him though Velebit mountains as closest road from Gospic to the sea and access to the island of Pag producing salt. (therefore the name Karlobag - Charles' Pag). oday the community have barely over 1,000 inhabitants.
Source: Tourist Board of the Community of Karlobag 19.02.2003.
Zeljko Heimer, 7 September 2003

Charles Borromeo (1538-1584), archbishop of Milan, was one of the strongest supporters of the reforsm decided during the Council of Trento (the Counter Reformation). Charles belonged to an old nble family from Milan and was the nephew of Pope Pius IV (Jean-Ange de Medicis, 1499-1565, Pope in 1559 and president of the last session of the Coucil of Trento in 1562-63). At the age of 22, Charles was ppointed Cardinal. After the closure of the Council of Trento, Charles applied the reforms in his own bishopric : he founded a seminary, restored churches and monasteries, suppressed al kinds of abuse and called regularly for coucils and synods in order to keep the reform alive. He defended the rights and privileges of the church in Lombardy against the king of Spain and behaved courageously during the black plague epidemics in 1576. Charles created several brotherhoods and religious associations and encouraged massive processions and pigrimages, especially to the Holy Shroud in Torino. He was canonized in 1610.
Charles wrote several spiritual treaties and sermons, but his most famous work is the Acts, by which he organized his bishopric.
Ivan Sache, 7 September 2003