Pope names new bishop of České Budějovice diocese
Pope Francis has named Vlastímil Kročil as the new bishop of the České Budějovice diocese. The diocese has been without a bishop for the last since the previous incumbent stepped down for health reasons. After graduating from school in 1986, Kročil applied three times to study at the seminary in Litoměřice but was prevented from the then Communist authorities from doing so. He eventually emigrated in 1988 and studied in Rome. In the 1990s, the České Budějovice bishop was Miloslav Vlk, who later went on Prague archbishop and later cardinal.