NEWS WATCH: Czech Churches Face Uncertainty With Early Elections

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Listen to an earlier  BosNewsLife report via Vatican RadioRealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife czechelectionsPRAGUE/BUDAPEST  (BosNewsLife)-- Czech legislators have voted to hold early elections that are expected to be dominated by left-wing parties who oppose a plan to pay billions of dollars in compensation to churches for properties that were seized from them by the previous Communist regime.

BREAKING NEWS: Czech Republic To Pay Churches Billions In Compensation For Communist-Era Suffering

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By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos churchesreceivePRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The Czech government has signed a historic agreement with the Catholic Church and 15 other religious groups to pay them billions of dollars in compensation for properties that were seized from them by the Czech Republic's Communist regime. Friday's deal was signed despite left-wing opposition in what is the European Union's most atheistic nation.

Prague Furious As Sudan Sentences Czech Christian To 20 Years

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife PRAGUE/KHARTOUM (BosNewsLife)-- The Czech Republic has condemned a Sudanese court's ruling that sentenced a Czech missionary and film maker to 20 years imprisonment, while a local pastor and a Christian activist reportedly received a 12 years jail term.

NEWS WATCH: Czech President Facing Treason Charges Over Amnesty

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife czechpresidentnowBUDAPEST/PRAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- There is a political crisis  in the Czech Republic where conservative President Vaclav Klaus facing high treason charges over his controversial decision to release thousands of prison inmates and others.

NEWS WATCH: Czech Republic Detains Two Over Deadly Poisoning Wave

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RealAudioMP3 Listen to the BosNewsLife News story via Vatican Radio By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife PRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Authorities in the Czech Republic have detained two men for their alleged involvement in a deadly wave of alcohol poisoning that killed at least 19 people and injured 24 others.  

NEWS WATCH: Czech Republic In Shock After Restaurant Massacre Kills 9

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By BosNewsLife News Center with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos imagesczechPRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The Czech Republic is in shock after nine people, including the gunman, died in a shooting at a restaurant in the town of Uhersky Brod, 300 kilometers south west of Prague, though the government denied it was a terrorist attack.

NEWS WATCH: Czech Republic Detains 100 In Massive Anti-Roma Protests

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Listen to this BosNewsLife News report via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife antiromaPRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- A tense calm has returned to the Czech Republic where officials say some 100 far-rights activists have been detained in violent demonstrations against gypsies, also known as Roma.

NEWS WATCH: Weary Czechs Voted Amid Economic Concerns

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife czech-election-300x206BUDAPEST/PRAGUE (BosNewsLife)-- Voters in the Czech Republic are choosing a new government amid concerns about the country's economic crisis and widespread corruption. Some surveys indicate none of the main parties will have a majority in the lower house of parliament. For the first time in two decades the Communist Party is expected to play a role in the general elections.

Czechs Welcome Home Late Cardinal Who Fought Communism

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife PRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- The Czech Republic has welcomed home the human remains of Cardinal Josef Beran, seen as a symbol of defiance of the former Communist government which forced him into exile in the Vatican. The cardinal, who died 49 years ago, always wanted to be buried in his homeland.

Pope Benedict Urges Czechs to Rediscover Christian Roots

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife ap_pope_prague_-czech_republic_26sep09_eng_2103PRAGUE/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- Pope Benedict XVI began a three day visit to the Czech Republic Saturday, September 26, with a call for the nation to rediscover its Christian roots. Forty years of communist rule in the country stifled religious activities and left the number of Catholics in decline and religious practice in general at historic lows.