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On January 1, 1997, a Slovak government decree established a new University of Prešov and mandated that the theological school in Kosice be transferred there.

by, Karen M Laun, 5 December 1999 Emphasizing Procedures & Pitfalls Lecture Handout - 1996 by, Thomas A.

Peters Certified Genealogical Records Specialist The religious history of Greek Catholics in Slovakia is closely related to that of the Ruthenians.

Bishop Gojdic died in prison from harsh treatment in 1960; Bishop Hopko was released from prison in 1968 and died in 1976.

This situation persisted until 1968 when, under the influence of the “Prague Spring” presided over by Alexander Dubcek, former Greek Catholic parishes were allowed to return to Catholicism if they so desired.

There are seven parishes and six priests for about 25,000 Slovak Greek Catholics in Canada.

During the interwar period a significant movement back towards Orthodoxy took place among these Greek Catholics.In 1937 the Byzantine diocese of Prešov, which had been created on September 22, 1818, was removed from the jurisdiction of the Hungarian primate and made immediately subject to the Holy See.

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In recent times, however, they have been absorbed into Slovak culture to a certain extent, as very few religious books are available in Rusyn, and the liturgy is almost always celebrated in either Church Slavonic or Slovak.Indeed, for centuries their histories were intertwined, since the 1646 Union of Užhorod was almost unanimously accepted in the territory that is now eastern Slovakia.At the end of World War I, most Greek Catholic Ruthenians and Slovaks were included within the territory of the new Czechoslovak republic, including the dioceses of Prešov and Mukačevo.In 1997 Pope John Paul II created an Apostolic Exarchate of Kosice, Slovakia, from territory taken from the Prešov diocese.The Pope also beatified Bishop Gojdic in 2001 and Bishop Hopko in 2003.A Greek Catholic Theological College was founded in Prešov in 1880. In 1990, after the fall of communism, the Greek Catholic theological school was revived and incorporated into the Pavol Jozef Safarik University of Kosice.