Papal Legate Arrived at Prague Airport
Prague/Budweis: The Papal Legate, Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin Rigali has arrived to the Czech Republic in order to attend the National Pilgrimage in Prachatice on June 18. Cardinal Rigali was appointed a Papal Legate to this occasion by Pope Benedict XVI., whom he is to represent during the event.
After being welcome by the Bishop of Budweis, Msgr. Jiří Paďour OFMCap. at Ruzyně Airport, they celebrated a divine service in Ss. Vitus, Wenceslas and Adalbert Catherdral in Prague together with the Archbishop of Prague, Dominik Duka OP, at 6 p.m. On Thursday, the Legate attended the first day of Plenary Assembly in Prachatice and they celebrated a mass at one of the most renowned places of pilgrimage of South Bohemia, Lomec u Vodňan. On Saturday, the Legate is going to be the chief celebrant and preacher at the National Pilgrimage in Prachatice which will culminate in a divine service at 10 a.m. at the main square in Prachatice.
The Pilgrimage is being held at the occasion of 200th birth anniversary of St. John Nepomucene Neumann, a Czech saint who became the bishop of Philadelphia and the most prominent figure at the dawn of American Church education. On Saturday, June 18, Cardinal Rigali is going to attend a press conference at the Prachatice Townhall.