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.
The deacons addressed Diakonia in an Intercultural Context
Deacons from all over the world see some good opportunities for the Christian faith in the countries of Eastern Europe. In their Study Conference which took place in Velehrad near Brno, Czech Republic, a place of pilgrimage, they came to the conclusion that the Church can credibly transmit the Christian values of unconditional love and mercy by means of an open attitude towards other cultural traditions.