Common meeting of Czech and Slovakian bishops
Vranov u Brna: Among the main topics to be discussed during the common program of both bishops’ conferences will be secularization as a pastoral challenge, relation between the Church and the State, and an evaluation of the activities of the Church during the past twenty years.
The mass at the Brno cathedral, planned for Wednesday 23rd October at 5.30 p.m., will be presided over by Archbishop Stanislav Zvolenský, president of the Slovak Bishops’ Conference.
Last similar meeting of Czech and Slovakian bishops in the Diocese of Brno took place on 27th–28th January 1992; this was the last common plenary meeting of the Czechoslovakian Bishops’ Conference. Following the country’s split on 31st December 1992, the planned event will be a common meeting of both conferences in the diocese of Brno after 21 years.
Other common meetings of both bishops’ conferences after the division of Czechoslovakia took place in Olomouc, Czech Republic (23rd–24th November 1993), and Badín, Slovakia (8th–9th November 1994).