Bishops met in Prague at their 104th plenary

20. 01. 2016 Section: For media
On Jan. 19–20, 2016, the 104th plenary meeting of diocesan bishops and representatives of religious orders from the Czech Republic took place in Prague. The working session of the Czech Bishops’ Conference was preceded with an ecumenical worship.

Prague: The participants of the plenary got acquainted with the organization of the National Pilgrimage in the Jubilee of Mercy to Krakow to be held on May 28. The mass in the sanctuary of the Divine Mercy will be presided over by Cardinal Dominik Duka, archbishop of Prague, the homily will be delivered by Archbishop Jan Graubner of Olomouc and Bishop Pavel Posád, auxiliary of České Budějovice, will have a lecture that will also be a part of the program. The Jubilee will also be celebrated by a medal that was introduced to bishops during the plenary.

Bishop Posád then informed the gathering about the preparations of the World Youth Day to be held on July 26–31 in Krakow. A special letter will be read in parishes offering necessary information and a money collection will take place on Mar. 6 to support the event. Bishops also agreed on the theme for the National Youth Day (2017, Olomouc); it will be the call “Don’t Be Afraid” and related workshops will focus on evangelization.

During the session, Kateřina Koubová – new editor in chief of the Katolický týdeník, official weekly newspaper of the Catholic Church in the Czech Republic – spoke about the paper’s future course and stressed that it should focus on pastoral themes, news from abroad, and Christianity in the society.

Bishops agreed on organizing a national pilgrimage to Fatima on Sep. 13, 2017 to celebrate the centenary of the apparitions; following the pilgrimage, the statue of Our Lady of Capelinha would travel across the Czech Republic.

The participants informed each other about participation in this year’s Katholikentag in Germany to be held in Leipzig. The Czech Republic will be represented by several dioceses, among them Prague, Plzeň, and Litoměřice.

Bishop Vojtěch Cikrle of Brno introduced a new book Accompaniment of Newlywed Couples that follows the last year’s synod on family.

Before the plenary meeting itself, bishops took part in an ecumenical worship at the St. Adalbert’s church in Prague-Dejvice on Monday, Jan. 18, on the occasion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The divine service was led by Cardinal Duka, preaching was the president of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Czech Republic, Daniel Fajfr.

Bishops and representatives of religious orders in the Czech Republic meet for their plenary four times a year, the next session will take place in Hejnice, Liberec Region, on Apr. 19–20.

Author: František Jemelka