Cardinal Beran’s remains to return to Czech Republic in April

The remains of Czech Cardinal Josef Beran will be transported to the Czech Republic from the Vatican in April, Cardinal Dominik Duka said on Tuesday. They will be buried in St. Vitus’ Cathedral at Prague Castle.

Beran was exiled to Rome, where he died in 1969. He was buried in the crypt of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican because the Czechoslovak communist authorities did not approve the return of his body to his homeland.

Last week, Pope Francis gave consent to the transport of Beran’s remains in accordance with the late cardinal’s last wishes.