C. Budejovice - Bishop Jiri Padour, who headed the South Bohemian Ceske Budejovice diocese, is leaving his post for health reasons, Frantisek Jemelka, from the Czech Bishops' Conference, said today.
Biskup Jiří Paďour (na archivním snímku z 18. března 2008) odchází ze zdravotních důvodů z čela českobudějovické diecéze. Sedmdesátiletý biskup nabídl svou rezignaci papeži Františkovi v říjnu loňského roku. Tiskové středisko Vatikánu 1. března informovalo, že papež rezignaci přijal. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal
Padour, aged 70, offered his resignation to Pope Francis last October.
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation, the Vatican press centre said today.
Padour headed the diocese since 2002.
Born in 1943, Padour is a trained computer mechanic.
In the 1960s, he studied acting at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts where he met former dissident and Czech and Czechoslovak President Vaclav Havel.
In the early 1970s, Padour decided to leave secular life and started studying theology in Litomerice, north Bohemia.
He was ordained as a priest in 1975, but as he took issue with the Communist magazine Tvorba in a sermon, he was stripped of the official consent with his profession in 1977.
One year later, he secretly entered the Order of Capuchin Friars.
In the 1980s, he was a dissident under the Communist regime and worked as a cleaner, but also kept working illegally as a priest.
The Communist regime returned him the consent with his clerical profession in 1986.