On 6–7 July 2018, the 114th plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference – representatives of both Roman and Greek Catholic Churches as well as religious orders – took place in Velehrad, a South Moravian place of pilgrimage linked with the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.
More than 30 thousand people and through them the entire nation renewed today (5 July 2018) their consecration to God through Mary. The solemn mass in Velehrad, celebrated by some twenty bishops, marked the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius and recalled the centenary of Czechoslovakia as well.
In the seat of the Prague Archdiocese, a letter sent by the Apostolic Nunciature was received yesterday – an answer to the resignation letter of Prague archbishop Dominik Duka OP. The Pope asked him to continue in his office “donec aliter provideatur”. Below is the full text of the letter.
After 49 years, the will of a significant person of the 20th century, prisoner of two totalitarian regimes and a man who always stood on the right side, has been fulfilled. Remains of Cardinal Josef Beran were welcome in Prague yesterday and transferred to the cathedral this morning; the solemn mass in commemoration of St. Adalbert was celebrated afterwards.
Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Zdenek Wasserbauer, current vicar general of the Archdiocese Prague, the new auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese. The appointment has been announced today, Jan. 23, 2018, during the 112th plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference, by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza.
On Oct. 23–25, 2017, the 111th plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference took place in the Archbishop’s Palace in Prague. The participants discussed several issues of the life of the Church, met with directors of the diocesan Charities and attended a study day focused on Church schools, catechesis, and religious education.
Antonín Basler and Josef Nuzík are new auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Olomouc. Having been appointed by Pope Francis in early July this year, they were ordained on Oct. 14, 2017, in the cathedral of St. Wenceslaus by Archbishop Jan Graubner.
During the mass that took place in Stará Boleslav, where St. Wenceslaus had been killed in the 10th century, thousands of pilgrims celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, the feast of this saint, venerated as a patron saint of the Czech nation. In the end of the liturgy, three awards of Pope Francis and one of the Czech Bishops’ Conference were conferred.