Miloslav Cardinal Vlk † Miloslav Cardinal Vlk †
Function:
Former Archbishop of Praha, Czechia
Title:
Cardinal Priest of S Croce in Gerusalemme
Birthdate:
May 17, 1932
Country:
Czechia
Elevated:
Nov 26, 1994
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English On Role of Church under Communism
Dec 02, 2004
Head of the Catholic church in the Czech republic, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, has spoken on Radio Free Europe about the recent Pope's visit to Cuba and about the 50th anniversary of a communist coup in Czechoslovakia back in 1948, when communists took over and our country embarked on the road of socialism.

(Radio Prague, 1997) "The Church has been everywhere, today in Havana as well as yesterday in Prague," said Cardinal Vlk adding that "the Church has always meant support to freedom and other human and democratic values. The communists were well aware of it and that's why after the so-called Victorious February they exerted gigantic pressure against the church and its spiritual face."

According to Miloslav Vlk, the communists in Czechoslovakia had removed the spiritual elite of the Church and damaged a big part of its structures. The Church, though, lived on, because its internal structure was so strong. Under the church towers small cells used to live - small groups of people with their spiritual representatives - the clergymen.

That was a place where people used to come voluntarily, despite unfavourable conditions and the fact that their very existence had been endangered, concluded Cardinal Vlk.
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