Vlk: Monday's mass for Hus in Rome culmination of efforts begun by John Paul II

The former head of the Czech Roman Catholic Church, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, says a mass of reconciliation due to take place at the Vatican on Monday is the culmination of efforts begun by Pope John Paul II, iDnes.cz reported. The service is being held in connection with the forthcoming 600th anniversary of the burning of the stake of Czech priest and religious reformer Jan Hus, the news website said. A Czech delegation, including Cardinal Vlk and representatives of the Hussite and Evangelical churches, will have an audience with Pope Francis. The pontiff said on Friday that the killing of Hus had harmed the Roman Catholic Church and that it should ask for forgiveness.

Author: Ian Willoughby