(Sir Europe – Bratislava) – The Catholic Church in the Czech Republic is going to give thanks for 25 years of freedom. The Eucharistic celebration, due to be presided over by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican State Secretary, will take place on November 15 in the Cathedral of St. Vitus, Venceslaus and Adalbert in Prague. The holy mass will be preceded by a cultural program dedicated to St. Agnes of Bohemia as the "Velvet Revolution" that led to the fall of communism in November 1989 is closely associated with her canonisation by Pope John Paul II. "I have no doubt that it was a miracle, a gift of freedom that we should be grateful for to God and to the intercession of St. Agnes", says Cardinal Dominik Duka. Her merits in this regard were also recognised by president Vaclav Havel who wrote before his death: "Dear Agnes, we thank you for the protective hand you held over us on November 25, 1989. Please, have it still prepared, because we might need it in the future". The Eucharistic celebration will be followed by the commemoration of the fall of communism in Hradcany.” “

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