Press: Lands registry looking into right of religious orders to restitution

The state Lands Registry is investigating whether 11 religious orders and one bishopric have the right to the return of property under church restitution legislation, Lidové noviny reported on Monday. Officials are examining the archives in order to establish whether they were stripped of their property under post-war decrees, which would rule out the return of property, or by the Communist regime. Around 150 restitution claims from the religious subjects have been put on ice while the investigation continues. Assets totaling CZK 75 billion are being handed back to churches, along with CZK 60 billion in financial compensation.

Author: Jan Velinger