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The Church and Charter 77 – Protest as a Debt and Mission

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: October 31, 2017, 19:00 – 21:00

The non-political politics of Christians during normalisation and today.

What were the living conditions of society and the church under the one-party rule that gave rise to the Charter 77 social movement, which found among Christians many sympathisers and signatories, several spokespersons and a great many selfless servants? Meeting with dissident and (in 1980–1981) Charter 77 spokesman Miloš Rejchrt.

The evening will also feature the presentation of the book Cesta církve – VIII. díl (The Path of the Church – Part VIII), which delivers documents on Christians’ contribution to the Charter movement and the changes that finally led to the transformation of society and the non-violent Velvet Revolution in 1989.

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