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Vatican silent on case of Slovak archbishop

THE VATICAN nuncio in Slovakia, Henrik Nowacki, has refused to comment on new information that Slovak Archbishop Ján Sokol collaborated with the ŠtB communist secret service.

New documents discovered in Czech Interior Ministry archives suggest that in the 1980s Sokol gave the ŠtB information on official Church matters, on the status of Cardinal Ján Korec, as well as a Slovak emigrant that Sokol met during a trip to Italy, the Sme daily wrote.

Slovakia’s bishops have also refused to comment, saying that Sokol himself should explain the new information.

Sokol is on sick leave at the moment. According to the ČTK news agency he recently underwent a hip operation and may take several weeks to recover.

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