Friday, September 25, 2009

Love for Pope remains intact, says Czech cardinal on eve of Benedict XVI’s visit

Rome, Italy, Sep 25, 2009 / 05:12 pm (CNA).- On the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Czech Republic this weekend, the Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, said Catholics there have been preparing for the important event in faith, hope and love and that day by day the expectations for the visit have been growing.

In an article published by L’Osservatore Romano, the cardinal recalled the visit of John Paul II in 1990 after the fall of Communism, and said that the love for the Pope “has remained intact to this day in many of the faithful.”

He went on to explain that the Czech faithful have been preparing for Benedict XVI’s visit “based on three pillars of our faith: faith itself, hope and charity. Each one of us bishops has written pastoral letters that have been read at Sunday Masses. The main themes have also been the subject of reflection by priests in their daily homilies.”

See also:

From Fox News, "Czech Republic Awaits Pope Visit"

From Radio Prague, "Pope Benedict to begin three-day visit to the Czech Republic"

From National Catholic Reporter, "Pope Benedict is visiting Czech Republic"

From Daily Telegraph, "Where religion lies in ruins"

From Bloomberg, "Pope Benedict to Confront Secularism on His First Czech Visit"


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