A group of Czech Roman Catholics have written to Pope Francis in Rome asking him not to extend the mandate of the current archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Dominik Duka, the news website iDnes.cz reported. At the end of April the head of the Czech Church turns 75, the age at which bishops are obliged to offer their resignation; it is then up to the pontiff to decide whether to ask them to continue serving the Church.
The letter was signed by around 100 lay Catholics. A representative of the group told iDnes.cz that it also had the support of some priests. A spokesperson for the Prague Archbishopric said Cardinal Duka could not respond as he had not yet read the document.
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