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Archbishop's Office: Sokol will address ŠtB accusations

ARCHBISHOP Ján Sokol's Office in Trnava has released documents that it claims seriously undermine accusations that the Archbishop of the Bratislava-Trnava diocese co-operated with the Communist-era secret police (ŠtB).

Sokol himself insists that he never co-operated with the ŠtB in any way, though according to documents stored in the Nation's Memory Institute's archive he worked as an ŠtB agent.

The archbishop is currently receiving treatment in hospital, and will remain there for around two weeks. According to the information provided, Sokol is prepared to talk to journalists and answer questions concerning himself and the StB as soon as he recovers.

Sokol has also received the full support of Cardinal Ján Chryzostom Korec, who has said that he - as a bishop under the Communist regime - never had any doubts as to Sokol's loyalty to the Church.

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