13:30 - CZECH REPUBLIC: OPENING OF THE JUBILEE YEAR OF SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS TO BE HELD IN ROME
(Sir Europe - Bratislava) - The Jubilee Year of Ss. Cyril and Methodius will be opened in Rome by cardinal Dominik Duka, archbishop of Prague and president of the Czech Bishops Conference, and Jan Graubner, archbishop of Olomouc and president of the National Committee for the preparation of the jubilee. The solemnity will take place on 25-26 May in the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, where the Slavonic liturgy of brothers Cyril and Methodius was approved and authorized, and in the Basilica of St. Clement, where St. Cyril is buried. The program will include a Eucharistic celebration and a concert by the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra from Zlín and the Hradistan Band. Participants will have an opportunity to visit the tomb of Czech cardinal Josef Beran and will be received in audience by pope Benedict XVI. Also present at the celebrations will be a delegation of the Czech government, headed by the prime minister Petr Necas. The Jubilee Year of Ss. Cyril and Methodius will culminate in 2013 in the pilgrimage place of Velehrad, on the occasion of the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of both saints to the region of Great Moravia.