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The Embassy of the Czech Republic Presents Upcoming Events with Monsignor Halík - Oct.18-22, 2015

Templeton Prize-winner Tomáš Halík will be in Washington, DC, from October 18-22, for a series of events that are open to the public. A published scholar and Catholic priest, Monsignor Halík is a leading international advocate for dialogue among differerent religions. Please scroll down for a list of the upcoming events. For additional information about Monsignor Halík, please click here.

— Upcoming Events —

Special Mass
On October 18, at 11:15 am, Monsignor Tomáš Halík will deliver a Mass in the "Czech Chapel" (Chapel of Our Lady of Hostyn - lower level) at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at 400 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. For directions to the Basilica, please click here

Sacred Lecture at Georgetown
On October 19, at 3 pm, Monsignor Halík will give a lecture as part of Georgetown University's "Spirituality for the Afternoon of Christianity" in Dahlgren Chapel. In his own words, "Christianity at the present time (in a large part of Europe, at least) is undergoing 'noonday fatigue' and faces the decision about what to do in the 'afternoon of its history.' The noontime crisis is also an opportunity for a major 'sea change,' a chance to tackle the tasks of 'life's afternoon,' to move from outward considerations to the depths." For details on location to the chapel, please click here.

Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture
On October 20, from 12 noon-1 pm, Monsignor Halík willl deliver the 16th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture entitled" A Long Road to Healing - The Role of Religion in the Transition from Communism to Democracy" at the Wilson Center. Alexander Solzhenitsyn once answered the question of what would follow communism: a very, very long period of healing. Monsignor Halik, former advisor to Václav Havel and Pope John Paul II, reflects on the transition from communism to democracy and the important role of churches and faith-based communities in the process. Could the experiences of Central and Easter Europe be useful for "creating a biosphere of democracy" in other parts of the world? RSVP.

Čapek's Legacy
On October 22 at 6 pm, the Embassy of the Czech Republic welcomes Tomas Halik for a discussion on the spiritual and philisophical Legacy of writer Karel Čapek. Halík's father was an editor of Karel Čapek's works and even published some of Čapek's work after his death. Engage in an evening of insight into Čapek's intellect and spiritual life at the Czech Embassy.\ RSVP.