(Sir Europe – Bratislava) – The Week of Battle for Human Rights has been under way in Slovakia since 23 March, commemorating the Candle Demonstration of 1988 – an important step that led to the fall of communism in former Czechoslovakia. The Forum of Christian Institutions and its partners have prepared a wide range of activities to mark the occasion. Tonight, a speech on the future of Christian and conservative values in Europe will be given in Bratislava by Paul Ziemiak, president of the German youth organization "Junge Union". Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops currently visiting Slovakia, will preside over the Eucharistic celebration. There are two exhibitions on topics related to human rights: "Dictatorship and democracy in the century of extremes" open until 31 March at the "Quo Vadis" Center in Bratislava, and a photo exhibition at the premises of the University of Trnava, dedicated to the current situation in Syria, open until 26 March. On 25 March, the anniversary of the Candle Demonstration will be commemorated by a public gathering in Bratislava, followed by the holy mass celebrated by Mons. Stanislav Zvolensky, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia. The program of the week will culminate on 26 March with a discussion at the Polish Institute about the "Messenger of hope John Paul II and Slovakia".

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