Slovakia

    • Pope Francis in Slovakia: Religions must unite

      Pope Francis in Slovakia: Religions must unite

      On the first stop of his Apostolic Journey to Slovakia, Pope Francis urges an ecumenical gathering to resist the temptation of interior slavery with the twin forces of contemplation and action, Vatican news reported. Pope Francis kicked off a three-day visit to Slovakia on Sunday afternoon by meeting with the country’s Ecumenical Council of Churches. In his speech, the Pope expressed his appreciation for the chance to become “a pilgrim in Slovakia”, and said he was pleased that his first meeting in the EU member nation had an ecumenical nature.

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    • Pope's visit to Central Europe will test his health and diplomacy

      Pope's visit to Central Europe will test his health and diplomacy

      Pope Francis is making his first foreign trip since undergoing intestinal surgery in July, a four-day visit to Central Europe that will not only test his health but also provide one of the most awkward moments of his papacy — a meeting with Hungarian PM Viktor Orban, the sort of populist, right-wing leader Francis typically scorns, AP reported. Francis is only spending seven hours in Budapest on Sunday before moving on to a three-day, hop-scotch tour of neighboring Slovakia.

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    • Slovakia eases Covid rules ahead of Pope Francis’s visit

      Slovakia eases Covid rules ahead of Pope Francis’s visit

      Slovakia has widened registration for public events planned during a visit by Pope Francis that begins on Sunday to allow some people not vaccinated against Covid-19 also to attend, Reuters reported. Pope Francis is due to arrive in mainly Roman Catholic Slovakia on 12 September for a visit culminating in an open-air Mass at the Sastin pilgrimage site in western Slovakia on 15 September.

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    • Opponents of new Slovakia’s vaccination law block traffic in Bratislava

      Opponents of new Slovakia’s vaccination law block traffic in Bratislava

      About 1,500 people demonstrating against Slovakia's coronavirus policies blocked traffic in Bratislava on Thursday, demanding the government to withdraw a new law on vaccination rules, news wires reported. Police said the protesters were blocking one of the most important thoroughfares in central Bratislava. Some of the protesters said they planned to stay through the night and into the days beyond.

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    • Slovakia’s top court rules against referendum on early election

      Slovakia’s top court rules against referendum on early election

      Slovakia’s top court ruled on Wednesday that a nationwide referendum cannot be held on whether to call an early parliamentary election, AP reported. President Zuzana Caputova asked the Constitutional Court to rule on the matter after over 585,000 Slovak citizens signed petitions calling for the snap vote, which the political opposition proposed over the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    • Slovakia's top court cancels acquittal of a tycoon over journalist murder

      Slovakia's top court cancels acquittal of a tycoon over journalist murder

      Slovakia's Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a lower court's acquittal of a businessman accused of masterminding the 2018 slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee, news wires reported. Slovakia’s prosecutor general Maros Zilinka described Tuesday's ruling as “an important moment for justice and the rule of law.“ A three-judge panel of the Supreme Court said the criminal court did not properly assess available evidence when it cleared businessman Marian Kocner and one co-defendant of murder in the killings of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee, Martina Kusnirova, both 27.

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