109th plenary meeting of the Czech bishops: Family is our treasure

On 25–26 April 2017, the 109th plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference took place in Špindlerův Mlýn. Its participants focused on the issues of family and evangelization, they discussed the pastoral care of university students and of the police.
Published: 26. 4. 2017 15:49

Photo: František Jemelka / CBC

In their reflection of current events, bishops expressed their gratitude to the organizers and participants of the National March for Life and Family that took place in Prague on Saturday, 22 April. On this occasion they also reiterated the viewpoint of the Catholic Church on the family in the Czech society: “Family is our treasure,” they stated.

Members of the Czech Bishops’ Conference supported the establishment of the pastoral care for the Police of the Czech Republic to be operated in the coordination with the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic; they also agreed on the concept of the pastoral care for university students.

The plenary also focused on the Alpha course, a program that consists of several meetings with the introduction into the basic questions of the Christian faith. “We support the activities of the office for the Alpha courses and we thank to all who join this good initiative. You offer the opportunity to explore the meaning of life, you stretch out your hand and bear witness to the living Christ, which is a very important issue for us,” stated Father Stanislav Přibyl, secretary general of the Czech Bishops’ Conference.

Participants of the plenary were informed about the National Youth Meeting to be held in Olomouc on 15–20 August, about the National pilgrimage to Fatima (11–14 September), about the ecumenical commission for the historical research of the 17th century and about the program of the presentation of the Madonna of Lidice in Rome on 31 May, during the meeting with Pope Francis and with the participation of women who survived the Lidice massacre by the Nazis in 1942. Bishops also supported the participation of the Czech Church in the Katholikentag to be held in May 2018 in Münster, Germany.

The next plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference is scheduled for early July and will take place in Velehrad.

(Transl.: Jiří Gračka)

František Jemelka

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