Bishops met at their 105th plenary in Hejnice
The participants chose a new secretary general for the conference – Father Stanislav Přibyl, C.Ss.R, currently vicar general of the diocese of Litoměřice. He will start working at the conference’s secretariat on May 1 and take up his office on Oct. 1.
The bishops approved publication of the new papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia – the document will be released in August by the Paulínky publishing house – and approved Father Petr Chalupa as the head of the Czech Catholic Biblical Work. They were also informed about the preparations of the National Pilgrimage to Fatima to be held on Sep. 11–14, 2017.
Representatives of men and women religious orders presented their activities. Currently there are 1120 women and 689 men religious. The orders now engage in two main activities: a project called “Monastery Tourism” (building a network of religious communities that offer some sort of service for the public) and a two-month prayer relay of women religious orders as a sign of repentance and reconciliation (an initiative related to the film Spotlight).
(author: jiří Gračka; photo by František Jemelka, Press Office of the Czech Bishops’ Conference)
Charles Balvo appointed new nuncio to the Czech Republic
The Press Office of the Holy See has announced today (21 Sept. 2018) that Pope Francis appointed a new apostolic nuncio to the Czech Republic – Msgr. Charles Daniel Balvo, an American who had already served at the Prague nunciature.
Bishops’ plenary: Church should find her place in society
On 6–7 July 2018, the 114th plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference – representatives of both Roman and Greek Catholic Churches as well as religious orders – took place in Velehrad, a South Moravian place of pilgrimage linked with the mission of Sts. Cyril and Methodius.