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Of 292 parishes involved, 205 voted to return to communion with Rome.
This was one of the few Dubcek reforms that survived the Soviet invasion of 1968.
The Prešov diocese includes a considerable number of ethnic Rusyn Greek Catholics.
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.
At the end of World War II, Transcarpathia with the diocese of Mukačevo was annexed by the Soviet Union.
The diocese of Prešov then included all the Greek Catholics that remained in Czechoslovakia.
There are seven parishes and six priests for about 25,000 Slovak Greek Catholics in Canada.
On January 30, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI reorganized the Greek Catholic Church in Slovakia and raised it to the status of a Metropolitan Churchsui iuris.
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.
In the 2001 Slovak census, 24,000 people claimed Rusyn ethnicity.
By 2006 the two jurisdictions in Slovakia had about 218,000 faithful and 256 parishes served by 386 diocesan and 34 religious priests.
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.