The Bohemian town of Kladruby is famous worldwide for its horse stud farm, founded by the Habsburg emperor Rudolf II. It is also home to a spectacular 12th century Benedictine monastery where the martyred saint of Bohemia, John of Nepomuk, was tried and tortured. An effort is now afoot to have the cloister and Czech Baroque Gothic style church named a European Heritage site.
The Vatican has banned a Czech priest who served in Pelhřimov from
practising due to allegations he sexually abused two women during the
1990s, ČTK reports.
Local Catholic Church officials opened their own inquiry some three years ago. The allegations against him are of sexual harrassment and inappropriate contact with two women in his parish between 1991 and 1999.
This autumn, Cardinal Dominik Duka was investigated by police after having been accused of covering up a case of sexual abuse in the Dominican Order.
Duka has until recently tended to downplay the problem, claiming such allegations were rarely justified and part of a wider “media campaign” against the Catholic Church.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš joined world leaders from 49 countries at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Israel, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. During the visit the prime minister held a series of bilateral negotiations and met with Czech Holocaust survivors.
Teplice, the oldest spa town in the central Europe, this autumn plans to send the relics of a clergyman martyred in the 4th century to Dubai. The skull of St. Clari – the patron saint of spas and so-called ‘hot healing’ – will feature prominently at the Czech national pavilion at Expo 2020. While Teplice is a popular destination also for visitors worldwide, the hope is St. Clari could also make the town a site of pilgrimage.
The Czech Roman Catholic Church may in future create the country’s first
church-owned bank, Czech Television reported on Sunday. Church officials
are preparing for a situation under which it will cease to receive state
contributions in a decade’s time, the station said.
The České Budějovice bishopric has acquired almost 10 percent of the shares in the Artesa credit union and is now considering whether to become the majority owner. If it does so, it will seek to convert Artesa into the country’s first church bank.
Dioceses are at present investing money in securities, while the Catholic Church has bought two small hospitals in Prague.
In line with a restitution law, church groups have been regaining control of some properties seized under communism. They are also receiving repayments of over CZK 60 billion over a 30-year period for properties that are not being returned.
Wednesday is the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Czechoslovak
Hussite Church. It broke away from the Roman Catholic Church at a time when
the latter had lost influence due to its links to the pre-1918 Habsburg
The Czechoslovak Hussite Church, which was established on January 8, 1920, traces its tradition back to the 15th century Hussite reform movement.
It was the second largest faith group in the country, with over half a million declared members, in a census in 1921. At present it has around 40,000 members.
Up to 60 Czech soldiers could be deployed in Mali, Niger and Chad to serve
in counter-terrorist roles, the Ministry of Defence proposes, according to
an unpublished report cited by the Czech News Agency on Monday. The
proposal follows the offer by France to partake in the anti-insurgent
Operation Barkhane in Africa’s Sahel region, which has been running since
2014. However, the proposal first has to be approved by the government and
Parliament. If confirmed, the soldiers would be active in the region until
The Czech Republic currently has 120 members of the armed services in Mali and will take over the EU’s local training mission EUTM Mali later this year. Overall, there are some 600 Czech soldiers currently active in 20 foreign states, according to an earlier statement by Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar (ANO).
One of the most compelling and stylish Czech films of 2019 was A Certain Kind of Silence, the feature debut from Michal Hogenauer. The largely English-language work depicts a Czech girl who becomes an au pair in an unnamed Northern European state only to discover her host family are members of a sinister sect. When we spoke, the conversation took in the challenges of shooting abroad and the ways in which directors can pander to festival programmers. But I first asked Hogenauer about the inspiration for the story in A Certain Kind of Silence.
The killing of Iran's military leader Qasem Soleimani was “an
extraordinary step in a complicated situation”, Czech Foreign Minister
Tomáš Petříček told the CTK news agency on Friday. He said there was
no question Iran would retaliate, which would not only worsen the situation
in the Middle East but put at risk the progress made in the fight against
"I perceive the US air strikes in Iraq as an extraordinary step in a complicated situation. The guilt of people should be decided by the courts. I am not an expert in military strategy but similarly as the attack on the US Embassy, the killing of Iran’s military leader will not go unanswered. This will complicate the situation in the region and put at risk the progress made in the fight against Islamic State and international terrorism," Petříček said.
The Czech foreign minister said the top priority for Czech diplomacy now was to ensure the safety of posted Czech workers in Iraq, including diplomats, soldiers and police. The Czech Republic has an embassy and a consulate general in Iraq, as well as soldiers and military police serving in the country.
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