Breaking the Seal of Confession

Breaking the Seal of Confession
(AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

If you are fortunate enough to visit the City of Prague and see one of the best-preserved and most beautiful old towns in the world, one of its highlights is the charming Charles Bridge.  

Construction commenced in the 14th century, and its graceful arches of honey-colored stone are lined with statutes of 30 saints. Because one man’s particular story relates to the bridge and the city, one of the statutes where you will see the guides and tourists clustered is of a saint unknown to most Americans: Father John Nepomuk (also known as St. John of Nepomucene) the patron saint of Czechoslovakia (or Bohemia, for his life began around 1345, just a dozen years before construction began on the Charles Bridge).

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