Short information about the lastest news in the Czech Church
National pilgrimage in the Jubilee of Mercy: Krakow
With the view of experiencing the Jubilee of Mercy together, the Czech Church organized a national pilgrimage to Krakow, Poland, to the sanctuary of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St. Faustina Kowalska. The event, held on May 28, 2016, was celebrated as a pilgrimage of Christian media as well.
On March 15, 2016, a new version of the website www.cirkev.cz, the main portal of the Catholic Church in the Czech Republic and the official website of the Czech Bishops’ Conference (CBC), was launched. The modernized website has a fully responsive graphic design. It brings news on the life of the Church and offers links to activities of dioceses, parishes, charities, and religious orders.
Documents of the CBC
The CBC has repeatedly addressed the migration crisis (July 7 and Sep. 10, 2015; April 20, 2016). Among others, the “Document on the Direction of the Catechesis and Religious Education” has been published. This area has also been addressed in the joint pastoral letter of Czech and Moravian bishops. The CBC and the Conference of Major Superiors of Religious Orders have published a directive on how to act in cases of children abuse. In other documents, the CBC has dealt with the Synod on Families, prayers for the unborn and pastoral attitude towards their families, Holy Communion in the context of the gluten-free diet, and the restitution of the church property confiscated by the Communist regime after 1948. The CBC’s president has issued a statement on the situation of small farmers. The youth department has published a book on themes for youth communities and it has participated in the publication of the Czech edition of “Tweeting with God” by M. Remery (Paulínky publishing house).
First episcopal ordination in Plzeň
Msgr. Tomáš Holub was ordained a bishop of Pilsen on April 30, 2016. Having served as general secretary of the bishops’ conference before his appointment, he replaced František Radkovský as the head of the diocese.
New bishop was born on 16th August 1967 in Jaroměř, Hradec Králové Region. He served in these positions: parish vicar in Kutná Hora and the spiritual advisor at the local Church Grammar School of St. Ursula (1993–1996), first military chaplain and later chief chaplain in the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic (1996–2006), vicar general of the Diocese of Hradec Králové (2008–2010); since 1st July 2011 he has been appointed general secretary of the Czech Bishops’ Conference, since 2006 he is an advisor of the defense minister for the spiritual service.
Stanislav Přibyl new general secretary of the CBC
A new general secretary of the Czech Bishops’ Conference was elected on April 19, 2016 – Fr. Stanislav Přibyl. He started to work at the secretariat on May 1 and would take up his office on Oct. 1.
Father Stanislav Přibyl, C.Ss.R., was born on Nov. 16, 1971 in Prague. After the ordination (1996) he served as a vicar (1996–1999) and later parish priest (1999–2008) in the place of pilgrimage Svatá Hora. In 2002–2011, he was a provincial superior of the Redemptorists in the Czech Republic. On Jan. 1, 2009, he was appointed vicar general of the diocese of Litoměřice (to June 2016).
Pavel Konzbul to serve as a new auxiliary bishop of Brno
On May 21, 2016, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Pavel Konzbul, parish priest of the Brno cathedral parish, as a new auxiliary bishop of Brno.
He is a contract teacher of Christian Education at the Faculty of Education of Masaryk University in Brno. He also cooperates with the Brno publishing house Cesta, which has published eight of his mainly homiletic and educational books, Naslouchání (Lending an Ear), Jak mluvit s dospívajícími o víře (How to speak about faith with adolescents…). Pavel Konzbul is involved in activities of the Centre for Family and Social Care in Brno and he also leads spiritual meetings at the Spiritual Centre of St. Francis of Paola.
Supporting Communication and the Development of Communication Strategy for the Czech Bishops’ Conference and the Caritas Czech Republic
In September 2016, the bishops’ conference started activities in the project “Supporting Communication and the Development of Communication Strategy for the Czech Bishops’ Conference and Caritas Czech Republic”, supported by the Renovabis foundation. The main objective is to help press centers of the bishops’ conference and the Caritas to cooperate and communicate more effectively. The main fields of activities are: media relation support, evaluation of strategic documents, trainings, and national campaigns.
Caritas Czech Republic helps migrants
The Caritas Czech Republic launched a website (www.pomocuprchlikum.charita.cz) on Sep. 24, 2015 where people can easily offer various forms of help. Several hundred offers have been registered so far.
The Caritas Czech Republic has become a general provider of the integration service for migrants in 2016. Migrants are being helped by other church organizations and individual people as well.
In 2015–2016, the property settlement between the State and churches is going on. The churches now administer forests and invest into schools, support of social and family activities or development of tourism and business (breweries etc.).
Congress of the European Vocations
On July 6–9, 2015, the 36th Congress of the European Vocations was held in Prague on “How to guide young people to priesthood and consecrated life in the family today”.
(transl. Jiří Gračka)