The funeral of singer Karel Gott took place this Saturday at St. Vitus
Cathedral in Prague Castle, a day after tens of thousands paid their last
respects to him. Cardinal Dominik Duka officiated over the mass.
Gott, who died aged 80 on October 1, was given a funeral with state honours. Apart from his family and friends, also present were President Miloš Zeman, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO), Senate chairman Jaroslav Kubera (ODS).
Gott sold tens of millions of albums in a career spanning six decades and was voted the nation’s most popular singer 42 times in an annual contest. Celebrities on hand included pop singers Michal David and Helena Vondráčková.
In all, there were more than two hundred invited guests. The general public was able to follow the private ceremony inside on large screens installed around the St. Vitus Cathedral. Thousands did so.
After the funeral mass, Prague Castle guards carried a coffin with Gott’s remains to the sound of the country’s largest bell, which is rung only on special occasions. His body is to be cremated in a private ceremony.
Czech singer Karel Gott, who has died at the age of 80, will be buried with
state honours, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš announced at a press conference
The government revoked its earlier decision to organize a state funeral at Prague’s St. Vitus cathedral. It also called off its plan to declare a day of national mourning.
The date and place of the funeral is to be announced later on Thursday.
Karel Gott passed away on Tuesday at the age of 80 after suffering from acute leukaemia. He sold tens of millions of albums in a career spanning almost six decades.
Ondřej Pivec plays organ with one of the biggest stars in world jazz, singer Gregory Porter. This makes Pivec, who is in his mid-30s, perhaps the most successful non-classical Czech musician of his generation. When we met at a café in his Brooklyn neighbourhood, the conversation took in his struggles to establish himself in New York, the specific nature of performing in churches and his live baptism of fire with Porter. But first Ondřej Pivec explained how a stay of several months in the Big Apple 10 years ago turned into a long-term move that tranformed
For centuries, Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral, a symbol of Czech statehood, lacked a suitable pipe organ whose sound would fill its monumental space. Now, nearly 700 years after construction began, the cathedral is set to get a huge new organ. More than 74 million crowns have already been raised in a public collection to build the instrument.
Zdeněk Wasserbauer has been consecrated as the new auxiliary bishop of
Prague Archdiocese. The ceremony, which was attended by hundreds of people,
took place in St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle on Saturday.
The newly ordained bishop, who previously served as vicar general of the archdiocese, had been appointed to the office by Pope Francis in January this year.
Church representatives and hundreds of believers met at Prague's St.
Vitus Cathedral on Saturday to welcome the return of Cardinal Josef
Beran's remains at the end their journey from St. Peter's
Basilica. The cardinal, whose name came to symbolize opposition to
totalitarian regimes, died in Rome in 1969. His last wish was for his
remains to one day be returned to his homeland.
The cardinal's coffin arrived in Prague on Friday evening by military plane and was greeted by a special delegation.
Church bells were rung across the Czech capital to mark the historic occasion.
On Saturday, the coffin was transported to St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle by a horse-drawn open carriage. Cardinal Dominik Duka welcomed the return of his predecessor in a mass dedicated to Saint Vojtěch.
Over the next three days, the coffin will remain on display for anyone to come and kneel before to pay their respects.
Church bells were rung in the Czech capital to mark the repatriation of
Cardinal Josef Beran's remains to his homeland, almost 50 years after
his death in Italy. The former archbishop of Prague was laid to rest in St.
Peter's Basilica in the Vatican after his death in 1969, when the
communists in power in Czechoslovakia refused to allow his remains to be
returned home. His last wish was to be buried in the country of his birth.
On Friday, his coffin began the journey home aboard a special military plane after a liturgy in the Vatican. The plane and accompanying delegation landed at Prague's Kbely military airport shortly after 6 pm. They were greeted by Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová, the chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, General Josef Bečvář, the Speaker of the upper house Milan Štěch and others.
A motorcade then accompanied the cardinal's coffin to the Archbishop's seminary in Prague Dejvice and later to the Strahov Monastery.
Prague Archbishop and Cardinal Dominik Duka will present a mass for Cardinal Beran on Saturday and on Monday his coffin will be placed in a sarcophagus in the tomb of Prague Archbishops at St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle.
A commemorative plaque, meanwhile, will be installed in St Peter’s Basilica as a permanent memorial to the Czech cardinal whose name became a symbol of resistance to both the Nazi and communist regimes.
The remains of exiled Czech Cardinal Josef Beran have been taken from the Vatican’s St Peter’s Basilica. On Friday, they will be flown to Prague and later buried in Prague’s St. Vitus Cathedral. Cardinal Beran was exiled to Rome in 1965 and died there four years later. He was buried in the Vatican because the communist authorities didn’t approve his final wish for his body to be returned to his homeland.