Slovaks Organized a Cyrillo-Methodian Congress at Universities in Rome

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Cardinal Dominik Duka will also participate in the program and he will focus on the ecumenical dimension of Saints Cyril and Methodius.

The meeting of priests, scientists and other personalities was, with the support from Slovak institutions, organized by Archbishop Cyril Vasil, a representative of the Vatican Congregation for Eastern Churches, and Cardinal Jozef Tomko, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. "Now, we have eight Slovak professors here, who teach at Roman pontifical universities. Thus, we have said to ourselves, in the year of Saints Cyril and Methodius, we can contribute - in accordance with our abilities and on a certain higher academic level - here in Rome, where so many people from the whole world and from the whole church study, and to emphasize the meaning and the work of the missionaries," said Cardinal Tomko. Among the lecturers there is also a Czech Jesuit, P. Richard Čemus, and a number of leading representatives of the Vatican Curia. Cardinal Duka will stay in Rome also to attend the last general audience of Pope Benedict XVI and, on Thursday, he will celebrate a mass for Czech pilgrims, who came to say good-bye to the Holy Father. During his stay in the Eternal City, the Archbishop of Prague should meet also with a member of the Vatican Swiss Guard, Martin Holeček, who is a descendant of Czech emigrants.



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  • Here are our roots.

    (Blessed John Paul II, 22nd April 1990, Velehrad)

    They wanted to become part of those nations and to share their destiny in everything. Here, in this place, at Velehrad, in Moravia, we can feel the historical legacy of the kingdom in a peculiar way – we can feel even those who became its keepers and guardians.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • For us, people of the present age, their apostolate contains even the elocution of the ecumenical appeal, i.e. to build unity again, in a peaceful reconciliation, which later after their deaths was heavily damaged, and in the first place the unity between the East and the West.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • Their work is also a very important contribution to the growth of the common Christian roots of Europe, which by their firmness and viability create one of the main contact points, which must be respected by every serious attempt at reunification of our continent in a new and topical way.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

  • The story of both brothers, Cyril and Methodius, is a distinct example of unity.

    Saints Cyril and Methodius contributed, to a great extent, to the building of Europe, not only regarding its Christian religious community but also concerning its civil and cultural unity.

    (Blessed John Paul II)

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