Czech and Vatican bi-lateral work group to meet for the first time

A bi-lateral work group, which was implemented in April to accelerate the ratification of a treaty defining the framework of relations between the Czech state and the Roman Catholic and Eastern Catholic churches, will meet for the first time on Tuesday. Its first session is to be attended by government representatives only, the Czech deputy minister of foreign affairs, Hynek Kmoníček, said on Monday. The goal is to evaluate and possibly rewrite parts of the treaty, which will then have to be recommended for approval by an expert committee of state and church representatives.The document, which does not cover the restitution of church property seized during the communist era, was agreed in 1999, though Czech MPs refused to ratify it four years later.

Author: Sarah Borufka