Reflection on current situation in the society, evaluation of past events, and presentation of planned activities: these were the crucial parts of the plenary meeting, attended by the members of the Czech Bishops’ Conference (CBC) in Velehrad on 3rd–4th July 2015. Bishops also celebrated the mass in a new church in Staré Město, presented a statement of the CBC and the leaders of the ecumenical council of churches on migrants, and introduced a new website that helps people to find a mass.
The annual meeting of press officers and spokespersons (June 17-20) and the annual meeting of the Secretaries General of the European Catholic Bishops' Conferences (June 18-21) were held this year partially jointly in Prague (Czech Republic), at the invitation of H. Ex. Mgr. Tomáš Holub, Secretary General of the Czech Catholic Bishops' Conference.
From Thursday, June 4th, to Sunday, June 7th, 2015, the annual meeting of the Eastern Catholic hierarchs of Europe is taking place this year in Prague. Almost fifty participants at the meeting, organised by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (CCEE), will include Archbishop Cyril Vasiľ, secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.
On Saturday, 15th November 2014, a solemn mass took place at the cathedral of Sts. Vitus, Wenceslaus, and Adalbert in Prague to commemorate the work and legacy of St. Agnes of Bohemia, Czech princess canonized 25 years ago – just several days before the fall of the communist regime – and to express our gratitude for her canonization as well as for the gift of freedom. Presiding over the mass was Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state and a legate of Pope Francis for this occasion.
Bishops of the Czech Republic together with representatives of religious orders gathered at their 99th plenary meeting on 13th–15th October 2014. The sessions took place in the Krkonoše Mountains and the participants also received a visit of Father Patrick Daly, secretary general of the COMECE.
The National Pilgrimage to Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Velehrad culminated yesterday, 5th July 2014, with the mass celebrated by bishops of the Czech Republic, priests and some 30 thousand people. At the end of the celebration, attended by representatives of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as well, several people were awarded with prizes of the Czech Bishops’ Conference.
On 3rd and 4th July 2014, bishops of the Czech Republic gathered at their 98th plenary meeting in Velehrad. They discussed several matters connected with pastoral care, liturgy, and material welfare. They also celebrated two masses together with the faithful – in Štípa and at the Velehrad basilica. At the end of the plenary, they welcomed representatives of the US bishops’ conference.
Brief information about events in the Czech Church for a smooth year (June 2013 - June 2014).
Czech professor Msgr. Tomáš Halík took over the Templeton Prize in London on 14th May 2014. The prize, unofficially called Nobel Prize for Religion, is awarded for contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.
On 6th–7th May 2014, bishops from the Czech Republic and representatives of religious orders gathered at the 97th plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference. The event took place in Olomouc on the occasion of the feast of St. John Sarkander (6th May), who was canonized there 19 years ago.
The 2014 Templeton Prize, unofficially called “Nobel Prize for Religion”, has been awarded today (13th March 2014) to Msgr. Tomáš Halík, Czech priest and professor. The prize, won by Mother Teresa and Archbishop Desmond Tutu among others, is awarded for contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.