Everlasting Value and Permanent Actuality of the Edict of Milan

The Edict of Milan (313-2013): A Basis for Freedom of Religion and Belief?

Monastery Kovilj, May 2012

The second conference of the three-year cycle, called the Edict of Milan (313-2013): The Basis of Freedom of Religion and Belief?, was held in Novi Sad, on May 2-5, 2012. This conference gathered eminent experts, theorists, representatives of Churches and religious communities, as well as international religious organizations. This gathering, which received the support of His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Mr. Irinej, questioned legal, theological and political aspects of the Edict of Milan, and current challenges for freedom of religion or belief.

The conference is co-organized by the Committee of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Charge of the Preparation of the Celebration of the 1700 years of the Edict of Milan and the Association of Non-Governmental Organizations in Southeast Europe – CIVIS, the Austrian PRO ORIENTE Foundation and the Swiss Peace and Crises Management Foundation. A special guest of this conference was the Conference of European Churches (CEC-KEK), which we cooperate with.

The conference was attended by: His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa; His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel, President of CEC; Mr. Bogoljub Sijakovic, Representative of the Serbian Government; H.E. Msgr. Stanislav Hocevar, Archbishop of Belgrade and Metropolitan; Prof. Dr Darko Tanasković; Prof. Dr Radovan Bigović; Mr. Adem Zilkic, Reis –ul-ulema of the Islamic Community of Serbia; H.E. Mr. Erwin Helmut Hofer, Swiss Ambassador to Serbia; H.E. Mr. François-Xavier Nicolas Marie Deniau, French Ambassador to Serbia; H.E. Mr. Clemens Koja, Austrian Ambassador to Serbia; as well as representatives of the Austrian Foundation PRO ORIENTE, of the Swiss Peace and Crises Management Foundation, of the Serbian and Austrian Academies of Science, of the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Serbia and many others.

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