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Archbishop informed on emigrant

NEW documents on Slovak Archbishop Ján Sokol’s cooperation with the communist-era ŠtB secret service have been discovered in the archives of the Czech Interior Ministry.

According to the Sme daily, the archbishop informed the ŠtB on official Church issues as well as on an emigrant he met in the Vatican. The findings stem from three new documents found in the Czech archives.

Two of the documents are daily reports kept by ŠtB agents and were filed in 1988 and 1987. According to one of them, following his visit to the Vatican Sokol, whose code name as a candidate for secret cooperation was “spiritual source”, informed the StB of his meeting with his former chaplain, Milan Bubák, who had emigrated to Italy.

Bubák, who currently works as the head of the university pastoral center, would not comment on the information.

The archbishop also refused comment. Tibor Hajdu, the secretary of the archbishop’s office, said they are now trying to analyze the documents.

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