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A Long Period of Healing: The Role of Religion in the Transition from Communism to Democracy

  • Wilson Center, 6th Floor Auditorium 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20004 United States (map)

16th Annual Czech & Slovak Freedom Lecture

Alexander Solzhenitsyn once answered the question of what would follow communism: a very, very long period of healing. Monsignor Professor Tomas Halik, former adviser to Vaclav 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 Eastern Europe be useful for "creating a biosphere of democracy" in other parts of the world?


Tomas Halik
Professor of Sociology, Charles University, Prague; President, Czech Christian Academy; Templeton Prize Winner