One can hardly experience sharper contrasts. Mumbai shows one the most profound poverty and the most extreme wealth within the narrowest possible space. More than 11 million people live in the slums of this metropolis sharing but a few square metres with their families. All the more astonishing are the joy and vivid curiosity with which guests are welcomed.
The IDC Board, newly elected in Velehrad, came together for its first conference in Rome. With the help of some Delegates, preparations for the Jubilee were made. An important part of the conference was the visit to the Congregation for the Clergy. Its new Prefect, Cardinal Stella greeted the Board with great joy.
The IDC has chosen Velehrad, the famous place of pilgrimage, on purpose. It is closely linked with the tradition of the two Apostles of the Slavs, Sts. Cyril and Methodius. In the year of our conference, one commemorated the fact that 1150 years before, the Patrons of Europe had set out on the mission to the Slavs. The abbey itself was founded by the Cistercians in the 13th century. The place offered a magnificent backstage as well as a programmatic orientation for the conference.