- Three newly registered religious communities
In 2013, three new religious communities were registered in the Czech Republic.
In March 2013, the Church of Saint Gregory the Illuminator, mostly composed of Armenian members living in the Czech Republic, was registered.
The second religious community to be registered in 2013 was the Salvation Army. It had been active in democratic Czechoslovakia since 1919, but the Nazi and communist regimes interrupted its activity. It was renewed in 1990 as a civic association under the influence of the Dutch mission. Its registration as a religious community took place in September 2013. The Salvation Army manages several charitable institutions in different parts of the Czech Republic.
The third religious community, registered in October 2013, is the New Life Church. It is one of the five “faith churches”, which have spread throughout the Czech Republic during the last decades. The other four have been registered respectively in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Each of these newly registered religious communities gathers more than 300 adult members. The competent body for the registration of religious communities is the Department of Churches of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. There currently thirty six registered religious communities in the Czech Republic.