Dominik Duka appointed Prague archbishop

The Vatican appointed Dominik Duka the new archbishop of Prague, church officials said on Saturday. Dominik Duka, the current bishop of the Hradec Králové diocese, will succeed Cardinal Miloslav Vlk as the head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church. The new, 36th archbishop of Prague will assume his office within two months, the archbishopric said. Cardinal Vlk, who is 77, filed for retirement in 2007 but the Holy See only accepted his resignation three years later. The newly appointed archbishop of Prague said his priorities included the finalization of church property restitution as well as the adoption of an international treaty between the Czech Republic and the Vatican.

Dominik Duka, who is 67, is a member of the Dominican Order. As a priest, he was persecuted by the communist regime and jailed for two years in the 1980s. He became the bishop of Hradec Králové in 1998.

Author: Jan Richter