Karel Kašpar

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His Eminence
Karel Boromejský Kašpar
Cardinal, Archbishop of Prague
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Prague
Installed 1931
Term ended 1941
Predecessor František Kordač
Successor Josef Beran
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santi Vitale, Valeria, Gervasio e Protasio
Ordination 25 February 1893
Consecration 11 April 1920
Created Cardinal 16 December 1935
by Pius IX
Rank Cardinal
Personal details
Born (1870-05-16)16 May 1870
Mirošov, Bohemia
Died 21 April 1941(1941-04-21) (aged 70)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Buried St. Vitus Cathedral Prague
Nationality Czech
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Hradec Králové (1920-1921)
Bishop of Hradec Králové (1921-1931)
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Karel Boromejský Kašpar (16 May 1870 – 21 April 1941) was a Czech Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Prague from 1931 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1935.


Born in Mirošov, Karel Kašpar attended the seminary in Plzeň and the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on 25 February 1893, and then did pastoral work in Svojšín until 1895. In 1899, he began pastoral work in Prague and was made a canon of its cathedral chapter.

On 8 March 1920 Kašpar was appointed Titular Bishop of Bethsaida and Auxiliary Bishop of Hradec Králové. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 11 April from Archbishop František Kordač. Kašpar was later named Bishop of Hradec Králové on 13 June 1921 and Archbishop of Prague on 22 October 1931. As Prague's archbishop, he was also Primate of the Church in Czechoslovakia.

Pope Pius XI created him Cardinal Priest of Ss. Vitale, Valeria, Gervasio e Protasio in the consistory of 16 December 1935. On the occasion of the visit of King Carol II of Romania to Prague in 1936, Kašpar allowed his flock to eat meat on one Friday.[1] The Czech primate was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 1939 papal conclave that selected Pope Pius XII.

Kašpar died in Prague, at age 70. He is buried in St. Vitus Cathedral.


  1. ^ TIME Magazine. Carol Troubles November 16, 1936

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Religious titles
Preceded by
Josef Doubrava
Bishop of Hradec Králové
Succeeded by
Mořic Pícha
Preceded by
František Kordač
Archbishop of Prague
Succeeded by
Josef Beran