A mass in memory of Cardinal Josef Beran was celebrated at St.Vitus
Cathedral on Saturday on the 50th anniversary of his death and the
repatriation of his remains from the Vatican last year. The mass was
celebrated by Prague Archbishop Cardinal Dominik Duka.
Cardinal Beran was a symbol of opposition to the Nazi and Communist regimes. When Pope Paul VI named Beran a cardinal, the communist authorities let him go to the ceremony in Rome but would not allow him to come home.
When he died on May 17, 1969, in enforced exile, the Pope had him buried in St Peter's Basilica, reserved almost exclusively for popes.
In January 2018, Pope Francis approved the repatriation of his remains and his final resting place is in the chapel of St. Agnes of Bohemia.
Czech Radio opened its doors to the public on Saturday on the occasion of
its 96th birthday.
Visitors to the station’s main headquarters at Vinohradska 12 were given a tour of the building, shown the newsroom and met their favourite radio personalities. The birthday celebration traditionally included an open air event and concert at the nearby Riegrovy sady.
Czechoslovak Radio broadcasts began on May 18th 1923, from a military tent in Prague-Kbely, making Czechoslovakia the second European country after the UK to have regular radio broadcasting.
Swiss police are reported to have detained Petr Kraus, a former manager in
the MUS coal mining company, whom a Swiss court sentenced to 16 months in
jail in 2013 for siphoning off money from MUS which he and four other
managers deposited in Swiss banks.
Kraus, who was arrested at Geneva airport, is reported to have been taken to the Fribourg jailhouse to serve his sentence. He is currently also being tried in the Czech Republic in connection with the same case.
Many of Prague’s historic and architectural jewels opened to the public
this weekend within the Open House Prague festival, now in its fifth year.
Visitors can admire the interiors of more than 80 of the city’s Gothic, Baroque and Modernist buildings as well as spaces usually inaccessible to the public such as gardens, sports stadiums and railway stations.
The festival first took place in the Czech Republic in 2015 and has gained increasing popularity over the years.
The Czech indie-pop band Lake Malawi will compete in Saturday’s final of
the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.
The popular band, fronted by singer-songwriter Albert Černý, reached the final with the song Friend of a Friend.
They will be up against finalists from Albania, North Macedonia, Russia, Sweden and The Netherlands, among others.
Černý said he and the other band members mainly wanted to savour the experience.
Lake Malawi has played over 300 gigs in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria and Britain.
The police have proposed filing charges of hate speech against an unnamed
individual in connection with verbal attacks posted online in connection
with the Christchurch attacks in New Zealand.
According to the internet daily Denik N the police are investigating several other people in connection with similar offenses, based on two dozen posts which appeared in the wake of the attacks.
They were condemned in the strongest terms by both Interior Minister Jan Hamáček and Police President Jan Švejdar who warned that hate speech and propagating terrorism online would not be tolerated.
A Prague district prosecutor's office which received three lawsuits
against President Zeman’s chancellor, Vratislav Mynář, based on
suspicions that he had tried to influence court decisions, has said there
are no legal grounds for pressing charges.
State Attorney Jan Lelek said that while the chancellor’s meetings with judges presiding over cases in which the president’s office or the president himself had a vested interest were not “standard” behaviour they did not constitute a criminal offense.
The National Centre for Fighting Corruption and Organised Crime which was asked to investigate the matter arrived at the same conclusion.
The Czechs thrashed Italy 8:0 at the Ice Hockey World Championship in
Bratislava on Friday night, edging the team closer to the quarterfinals.
Milan Gulaš, who is playing his first championship scored the opening goal, with Radko Gudas, Michael Frolík, Jan Kovář a Dmitrij Jaškin scoring another four in the second period.
Another three goals in the final period from Dominik Simon, Jaškin and Frolík sealed Italy’s fate. The Czech team next faces Austria on Sunday.
The Pirate Party plans to sue the European Commission for failing to decide
on complaints over the alleged conflict of interests of Prime Minister
Andrej Babiš (ANO) regarding EU subsidies to the holding Agrofert.
The European Commission has conducted an extensive audit at Czech ministries regarding the subsidies amounting to some two billion crowns for Agrofert, which Mr Babiš founded but has placed in trusts.
Transparency International warned of Mr Babiš’s possible conflict of interest last year, saying he continued to benefit from the holding despite. Czech authorities were set to receive the results of the audit in mid-May.
The Pirates said in a press release on Friday it will file its suit at the European Court of Justice. The opposition party says the European Commission should have decided on the matter already in January and claims it is giving Mr Babiš preferential treatment.