EUROPE OF NEW BEGINNINGS
The Meeting In Gniezno will be held from 11 to 13 March 2016. Its three-day program will consist of lectures of important people of social, public and religious life from Poland and abroad, as well as discussion panels, workshops, concerts, exhibitions and liturgical events.
The 10th Meeting in Gniezno refers to the breakthrough meeting of the emperor Otto III with Bolesław Chrobry, which took place in Gniezno in the year 1000. The guests of the renewed Meetings in Gniezno, taking place from the year 1997, were all presidents of Poland, humanists and hierarchs of church from Poland and Europe, to whom, among the others, John Paul II belonged – visited the Second Meeting in Gniezno on the 1000th death anniversary of St. Wojciech.
This year’s meeting, inscribed in the 1050th anniversary of Poland Baptism, will be held under the two mottos: ‘Europe of new beginnings’ and ‘Liberating power of Christianity’. The chairman of the Meeting in Gniezno – the primate of Poland archbishop Wojciech Polak, encourages everybody to take part in this event: - The Meeting in Gnizezno is a meeting of communities, groups of people who will undertake a discussion on issues important for the civilian life. We want to look at new beginnings of Europe, Church, Poland. Reflection will concern marriage, Church of the poor, relation of culture and faith as well as building the civilian society. I invite everyone to Gniezno!
Participation in the Meeting in Gniezno was confirmed by the Catholics, Evangelic, Orthodox, and Greek-Catholic hierarchs of Church: the primate of Poland archbishop Wojciech Polak, the metropolitan of Warsaw cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, archbishop Henryk Muszyński, bishop Michał Janocha, bishop Grzegorz Ryś, bishop Krzysztof Zadarko, the chairman of the Polish Ecumenical Council orthodox archbishop Jeremiasz, the superior of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church archbishop Światosław Szewczuk, evangelical bishop Marcin Hintz. The Meeting in Gniezno will also be attended by among the others: a prominent Czech theologian – Fr. Prof. Tomas Halik, Fr. Dr. Jan Kaczkowski, Fr. Dariusz Kowalczyk SJ – a dean of theology at the Papal Gregorian University, Fr. Paweł Kozacki OP – a Provincial of Polish Dominicans, s. Małgorzata Chmielewska, prof. Jerzy Kłoczkowski, prof. Bohdan Cywiński, prof. Sebastian Krajewski, prof. Andrzej Blikle, Szymon Hołownia and many others.
The organizer of the Meeting in Gniezno is the Foundation of St. Wojciech-Adalbert, and the honourable patronage on this event was taken over by the Polish President Andrzej Duda.
Everybody interested in a dialogue concerning Europe Christian identity is invited to participate in the 10th Meeting in Gniezno. It is possible to participate in the discussion by filling a survey whose results will be passed to lecturers and discussion panel organizers. Application forms for the meeting and the survey are available on the website: www.zjazd.org.
Media patronage on the event was taken over by: Polish Television, Polish Radio, Catholic weekly ‘Niedziela’. ‘Gość Niedzielny’, a weekly ‘Tygodnik Powszechny’, magazines ‘Przewodnik Katolicki’, Więź’, ‘Rzeczpospolita’, portals: Deon and aeropag21.pl and Catholic Information Agency.