Czech President to call on Pope to extend Archbishop Duka’s mandate

Czech President Miloš Zeman said on Thursday that he would send Pope Francis a request to extend Cardinal Dominik Duka’s mandate as archbishop of Prague. The head of state reacted to an initiative of a hundred Catholic laymen who had petitioned Pope Francis not to extend the archbishop’s tenure.

The signatories of the letter staged a protest in front of the Archbishop Palace in Prague on Wednesday, criticizing the church for alleged nationalist tendencies.

The Czech head of state said Cardinal Duka was a ‘patriot’ and ‘one of the greatest personalities of the Czech Catholic Church’. He called the petition against Mr Duka "a letter of denunciation."

Cardinal Dominik Duka, who has been serving as Prague Archbishop since 2010, will have to officially submit his resignation in April, when he turns 75. I tis then up to the Pope whether he extends his mandate.