Thousands of believers attended a mass in honour of St Agnes of Bohemia in St Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle on Saturday, the news agency ČTK reported. The service, attended by President Miloš Zeman and other Czech officials, was celebrated by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican’s secretary of state, along with the head of the Czech Catholic Church, Cardinal Dominik Duka. Cardinal Parolin said the canonization of Agnes, a mediaeval royal princess, in November 1989 was a prelude to the Velvet Revolution which ended communist rule in then Czechoslovakia.
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