Zeman to discuss using restitution money to fund hospices with Pope

President Miloš Zeman says he will ask discuss the idea of the Czech Roman Catholic Church using some of the money it is receiving under restitution to fund hospices when he meets the Pope. Mr. Zeman, who is due to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican in April, made the comment on a visit to the Hradec Králové Region, describing an interest in hospices as his “hobby”. Under legislation approved in 2012 after a divisive debate, assets seized from churches by the Communists valued at CZK 75 billion are being handed back, while more than CZK 60 billion in financial compensation will go to the churches over a 30-year period in lieu of properties not being returned.

Author: Ian Willoughby