Brief information about events in the Czech Church for a smooth year (June 2012 - June 2013).
This year, the Church in the Czech Republic commemorates 1150th anniversary of the arrival of Ss. Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia. While celebrated with many events throughout the year, this jubilee will culminate in a pilgrimage to Velehrad on 5th July 2013 as well as with related events – “Days of the People of Goodwill” and plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference. Coming next week!
The world premiere of an opera by Zdeněk Pololáník Night Full of Light will be a great event and a more than interesting full stop after this year’s season in the Moravian Theater in Olomouc. The libretto to the opera was written by Bishop Josef Hrdlička, auxiliary of Olomouc, and the project is taking place under the auspices of Cardinal Dominik Duka and Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg.
Msgr. Petr Esterka, auxiliary bishop of Brno and a coordinator of pastoral care of the Czechs abroad, is among people awarded by the prize Gratias Agit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The prize was handed over to the laureates on 7th June 2013.
The Czech Bishops’ Conference in cooperation with the “Karmelitánské nakladatelství” publishing house has recently released a book about the Catholic Church in the Czech Republic, offering to its readers updated information about the life of the Church in our country. The brochure has been released also in English.
English, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Slovak, and Albanian – these languages will be used for celebration of Christmas divine services for foreign visitors of Prague this year. List of all foreign language services from Dec. 24, 2012 to Jan 6, 2013 is given in the article.
Bishops from the Czech Republic met on October 23–24, 2012 at their plenary in Vranov u Brna. On Tuesday evening, they celebrated the mass, presided by Archbishop Jan Graubner of Olomouc, at the cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul in Brno.
On Saturday 13 October 2012, the Holy Mass was held in Prague’s Saint Vitus Cathedral beatifying the Fourteen Martyrs of Prague. The Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato SDB, officiated over the ceremony. Thus the 400-year beatification process was completed.
The National Pilgrimage to St. Wenceslaus, commemorated on Friday, September 28, culminated with the mass celebrated at the main square in Stará Boleslav, town where St. Wenceslaus – patron saint of the Czech nation – was martyred. Participating at the mass were Czech and Moravian bishops, civil authorities including President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus, and several thousands pilgrims from the entire country.
On 3–4 July 2012, Moravian place of pilgrimage Velehrad hosted the jubilee 90th plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference.
Given below is the statement of Cardinal Dominik Duka, president of the Czech Bishops’ Conference, Joel Ruml, president of the Ecumenical Council of Churches, and Jiří Daníček, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities, concerning current negotiations on the act on property settlement between the State and churches and religious societies.