• Short Summary

    PEOPLE WERE FLOCKING TO WORSHIP IN PRAGUE'S CATHEDRAL OF ST. VITUS ON SUNDAY (24 MARCH),?

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    ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL: CONGREGATION ENTERS; PEOPLE ACROSS COURTYARD; CONGREGATION; WINDOWS; SERVICE; RELICS; MORE EFFIGIES; CONGREGATION.




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    Background: PEOPLE WERE FLOCKING TO WORSHIP IN PRAGUE'S CATHEDRAL OF ST. VITUS ON SUNDAY (24 MARCH), AS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, CZECHOSLOVAK CATHOLICS CONTINUED THEIR CALL FOR FULL CHURCH FREEDOM.

    WITH THE CHANGE OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA'S POLITICAL CLIMATE, ELEMENTS SUBMERGED WITHIN THE NATIONAL FRONT FOR 20 YEARS ARE NOW FINDING AN OPPORTUNITY TO REASSERT THEIR INDIVIDUALITY. ONE OF THESE IS THE PEOPLE'S CHRISTIAN PARTY, WHICH NOW INTENDS TO PLAY A MORE ACTIVE POLITICAL ROLE.

    BUT IT WOULD APPEAR THAT THE CZECHOSLOVAK CHURCH HAS ALREADY DONE MUCH TO ENCOURAGE THE PRESENT WAVE OF FREE SPEECH. ONE TYPICAL MEETING, IN THE CATHEDRAL AT HRADEC KRALOVA, EASTERN BOHEMIA, HAS CALLED FOR THE RESTORATION OF FULL PRIVILEGES FOR BISHOPS AND PRIESTS. TWO REQUESTS MADE TO THE PRAGUE AUTHORITIES SUGGESTED THAT THE CZECH BISHOPS IN THE CHURCH COUNCIL SHOULD BE REGARDED AS THE LEGITIMATE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, AND THAT ALL BISHOPS, PRIESTS, AND BELIEVERS REMOVED DURING THE PAST 20 YEARS 'BY UNJUST ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES' SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO RETURN TO THEIR POSTS.

    ANOTHER GROUP OF CATHOLIC STUDENTS AT LITOMERICE - MEMBERS OF THE THEOLOGICAL FACULTY - CRITICISED THE CZECHOSLOVAK PEACE MOVEMENT OF CATHOLIC CLERGY. THIS MOVEMENT IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN SPONSORED BY PREVIOUS LEADERS OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY AND GOVERNMENT WITH THE AIM OF SPLITTING THE CHURCH INTO 'PATRIOTIC' AND 'UNPATRIOTIC' PRIESTS. MANY CATHOLIC PRIESTS WHO REMAINED OUTSIDE THE PEACE MOVEMENT HAVE BEEN VICTIMISED.

    THERE HAVE ALSO BEEN APPEALS IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA FOR THE REHABILITATION OF CARDINAL BERAN, THE CZECHOSLOVAK PRIMATE, WHO WAS ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY OVER A YEAR AGO TO GO TO ROME AFTER YEARS OF DETENTION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAHT8NEKG5EIMH9C0PI2BKH1QB
    Media URN:
    VLVAHT8NEKG5EIMH9C0PI2BKH1QB
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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