Bishops of the Czech Republic finished their “Ad Limina Apostolorum” visit of Rome that took place on 11th–17th February 2014. During the week-long event, they met Pope Francis on two occasions and celebrated several masses with Czech pilgrims.
On Tuesday, 11th February 2014, the “Ad Limina” visit of the bishops from the Czech Republic begins in Rome. Its participants will meet Pope Francis as well as representatives of various offices in the Roman Curia. They will also celebrate masses in major basilicas and pray at the memorial of Jan Palach. During the Wednesday general audience, the Holy Father will bless crowns for the Palladium of Bohemia and for the statue of Our Lady of Olešnice. The event, accompanied by some 300 Czech pilgrims, will end on 17th February.
On 11th–17th February 2014, the “Ad Limina” visit of bishops from the Czech Republic to Rome will take place. During the event, bishops will have the first opportunity to officially meet Pope Francis together. They will also bring crowns for the “Palladium of Bohemia”, a metal relief with picture of Our Lady kept in Stará Boleslav, to be blessed by the Holy Father.
On 21st–22nd January 2014, the 96th Plenary Meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference took place in Prague. Working sessions of bishops and representatives of religious orders in the Czech Republic were preceded by an ecumenical meeting and a remembrance for Jan Palach, a student who set himself on fire on 16th January 1969 to protest against the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia.
On Thursday, 7th November 2013, the main group of Czech pilgrims left for Israel to take part in the National Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Participants in the event that aims to commemorate the Year of Faith will celebrate masses on the Mount of Beatitudes, in Bethlehem and near the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
On 22nd–24th October 2013, a common meeting of the Czech and Slovak bishops’ conferences was held in Vranov u Brna. Similar meeting took place six times during the brief history of separate conferences, last of them in 1998. Some thirty bishops as well as the apostolic nuncios to both countries were present this time.
One of the most discussed events of this year is the property settlement between the Czech state and churches and religious societies. What has happened so far, what are the most important milestones in the process and what is the current state of the matter? Let’s have a short look.
Thousands of people attended Stará Boleslav, a place where patron saint of the Czech state St. Wenceslaus was martyred, to celebrate the National Pilgrimage to the saint on Saturday, 28th September 2013.
Some 150 young people from the Czech Republic together with Bishop Pavel Posád, auxiliary of České Budějovice, travelled on Monday, 22nd July 2013, from their hosting Brazilian diocese of Barra do Piraí to Rio de Janeiro. Together with Cardinal Dominik Duka, archbishop of Prague, who has arrived to Brazil today, 23rd July, they will take part in the celebrations of the World Youth Day. The meeting will be opened today with the mass at the Copacabana Beach.
Several hundred priests, more than twenty bishops and some sixty thousand pilgrims attended the mass in Velehrad on 5th July 2013 to celebrate the highlight of the jubilee celebrations of Ss. Cyril and Methodius. Presiding over the liturgy was papal legate, Cardinal Josip Bozanić of Zagreb, Croatia.
This year, the Church in the Czech Republic celebrates the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of Ss. Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia. This significant jubilee is being celebrated by many activities and events throughout the Czech Republic. It will culminate in a mass on 5th July 2013 as well as in an accompanying program – “Days of the People of Goodwill” and plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference.