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Names of Three Roman Catholic Bishops Announced

May 18, 1988

PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) _ Authorities released the names Wednesday of two auxiliary Roman Catholic bishops and an apostolic administrator who will be appointed in June, state radio reported.

The two auxiliaries, to serve in Prague, were identified as Jan Lebeda, now vicar general, and Antonin Liska. They will assist Cardinal Frantisek Tomasek, the 88-year-old archbishop of Prague and Czechoslovakia’s Catholic primate.

Jan Sokol, the third appointee, will be apostolic administrator for the archdiocese of Trnava in Slovakia.

Keston College, a London-based organization that monitors religious life in the Soviet bloc, said none of the new three belongs to Pacem in Terris, a government-sponsored clergy organization the Vatican does not recognize.

An apostolic administrator is considered a ″titular bishop,″ ranking below a full resident bishop.

Church sources in Prague had mentioned the same names earlier this week. Lengthy negotiations between the government and a Vatican delegation preceded the appointments.

Ten of Czechoslovakia’s 13 dioceses still lack full bishops and the three serving bishops are over age 75. No new Czechoslovak bishops have been appointed since 1973.

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