Most of Catholic Church’s restitution requests have been filed

After a meeting with Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok on Monday, the archbishop of Prague Dominik Duka said that the majority of the restitution requests from the Catholic Church in the Czech Republic have been filed. So far, the Catholic Church has filed requests for the restitution of more than 11,000 properties around the country. The controversial law on the restitution of church property was passed last year by the center-right governing coalition. According to the law, the state has to either return property that was confiscated under communism or provide monetary compensation to 17 religious institutions. During the next 30 years, the Czech state is expected to pay out 59 billion crowns to the various churches and religious organizations.

Author: Masha Volynsky