Bishops’ plenary: Family is a basic cell for the society and the Church
Author: Frantisek Jemelka/Press Office CBC
Participants of the plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference (CBC) approved the beginning of preparations to declare St. Agnes of Bohemia patron saint of health and social service workers in the Czech Republic, as called for by individual dioceses and diocesan charities.
Projects of the CBC’s Council for Information Technologies were presented during the sessions, for example some new features in the search engine of the website bohosluzby.cirkev.cz, where people can learn what time does the mass starts in a requested church. Bishops approved that possibilities of creating an off-line application with times of masses would be examined and that the information on the website www.cirkev.cz, as regards various situations in the Christian life and their solutions, would be expanded.
Current director of the Caritas Czech Republic Lukáš Curylo was approved to continue as the head of the organization and Bishop Pavel Posád, auxiliary of České Budějovice, remains the Charity president. Bishop Josef Hrdlička, auxiliary of Olomouc, who turned 75 recently, was replaced as the president of the CBC’s Council for the Culture and Monuments by Bishop Jan Baxant of Litoměřice.
Members of the CBC then discussed preparations for the Synod of Bishops that would take place in 2018 and focus on young people. The Youth Department of the CBC was delegated to prepare necessary materials.
An important theme of the two-day-long meeting was family and its Christian interpretation. Bishops released a statement, where they supported this year’s pro-life and pro-family march and declared that family is a basic cell for the society and the Church; in this spirit they also sent a letter to the Prime Minister. At the same time, bishops observed that preparations for the application of the Amoris Laetitia proceed.
Bishops and representatives of religious orders were invited to the conference “Religion and Migration” to be held in Bratislava in February and were further informed about the upcoming National Youth Day to take place in Olomouc in August.
Participants of the 108th plenary meeting also thought of Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who had been diagnosed with lung tumor recently; they prayed for him during the Tuesday mass in the basilica of St. George at the Prague Castle and met him briefly on Wednesday.
The ecumenical worship on the occasion of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity took place at the premises of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church in Prague-Vinohrady on Monday, Jan. 23.
Next plenary meeting of the Czech Bishops’ Conference is scheduled for April 2017 and will take place in the Krkonoše Mountains.