Pope to visit Infant of Prague, honor St. Wenceslas during Czech trip


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VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On his first trip to the Czech Republic, Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Infant of Prague and celebrate the feast of St. Wenceslas in the town where the 10th-century prince was murdered.

The Sept. 26-28 trip will take the pope to the Czech capital, Prague, where he will meet President Vaclav Klaus and other government leaders, celebrate vespers with religious and lay groups, and hold separate meetings with the country's bishops, ecumenical representatives and scholars.

He will celebrate Masses in Brno, the republic's second-largest city, and in Stara Boleslav, where St. Wenceslas was killed in 935 by his brother.

During the saint's feast day events Sept. 28, the pope will have a special message for young people.

The pope will celebrate vespers with priests, religious and lay Catholics in Prague's historic cathedral of St. Vitus, which, despite a long legal battle by the church, the country's courts determined belongs to the state.