Bishops elected new leaders of the episcopal conference

The bishops of the Czech Republic met in Olomouc on April 28, 2020, for the 122nd plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference. The session lasted only one day and its participants abode by all the measures ordered by the Czech government to prevent the spread of Covid-19. The main point of their meeting was the election of the new conference’s leadership.
Published: 28. 4. 2020 13:30

Present among the participants was also the Apostolic Nuncio to the Czech Republic, Archbishop Charles D. Balvo. As usual, president of the conference Cardinal Dominik Duka informed the bishops about current issues in the society and the Church during the coronavirus pandemic, this being the last time he did so as the conference’s president; he has been holding the position for two terms, a total of ten years, which is the maximal possible time.

The main point of the plenary meeting was the election of the new leadership of the Czech Bishops’ Conference:

Jan Graubner, Archbishop of Olomouc and Metropolitan of Moravia, was elected the new president. He already served in this position from 2000 to 2010 and for the last two terms he has been the vice-president of the Czech Bishops’ Conference.

Jan Vokál, Bishop of Hradec Králové, was elected the new vice-president.

As members of the conference’s Permanent Council were also elected Jan Baxant, Bishop of Litoměřice, and Martin David, Auxiliary Bishop of Ostrava and Opava.

The new leadership of the conference will take office on May 1, 2020.

The plenary meeting then continued with the election of the new leaders of commissions and councils. The bishops also addressed economic issues and suggestions from commissions and working groups.

Monika Klimentová

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