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Under the plan, which is expected to be approved by Parliament, Czech churches would get 56 percent of their former property now held by the state — estimated at 75 billion koruna ($3.7 billion) — and 59 billion koruna ($2.9 billion) in financial compensation paid to them over the next 30 years.

As part of the deal with the country’s 17 churches, including Catholic and Protestant ones, the state will gradually end covering their expenses, such is priests’ salaries, in 17 years.

The Communist regime, which seized power in 1948 in what was then Czechoslovakia, confiscated all the property owned by churches and persecuted many priests. Churches were then allowed to function only under the state’s strict control and supervision.

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