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Czech government agrees to return confiscated church properties

September 02, 2011

The government of the Czech Republic has reached a tentative agreement with religious leaders to return church properties confiscated by the Communist regime, or provide compensation for property that was seized and cannot be returned.

The proposed agreement would end a long-running dispute between the Czech government and religious bodies, particularly the Catholic Church. In return for the agreement to provide compensation for seized properties, the government negotiated an end to state subsidies for religious groups.

Church leaders have welcomed the deal, and now await the approval of legislation to carry out the agreement.


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