Monday 17 September 2012

Cardinal Duka and changing fortunes

This photo with Cardinal Duka was taken yesterday outside the Archbishop's Palace in Prague.  I was very privileged to be able to offer Mass in his beautiful private chapel in the house, which you can see below.  It is a great thing for the Order of St Lazarus to now have him as a member and Chaplain General of the Order.  He has an extraordinary history of witnessing to the Faith.  A Dominican, in 1975 the Communist government deprived him of the authorisation for the sacred ministry and for almost fifteen years - until the regime collapsed in 1989 - he worked as a designer at the car factories of Škoda. In the meantime, he also worked in secret in the Dominican Order as a novice master and teacher of theology. Quite a change in circumstances now that the Archbishop's Palace and the Cathedral have been restored to the Church.
 Some further photos of the Investiture in Prague Cathedral.

Procession in.

Group photo.
Somebody snapped this from behind he flower arrangements at the Reception in Archbishop's Palace.

The Grand Master and Cardinal Duka.

The splendid facade of the Archbishop's Palace.

Lunch on the river the next day at the Prague Rowing Club with Mrs Jean Spencer from England and Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orleans.

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