Branko Bjelajac


The first regional conference of the Visegrád Group (V4) on religious freedom was held October 13, 2022, in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, under the title, “Religious Freedom: Contemporary Policies and Challenges in the World.” The Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger opened the conference and pointed out that Slovakia is a young democracy and still must learn what freedom is and how to live it. One of the plenary speakers, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, the Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq, critically evaluated the poor state of religious freedom worldwide. Another plenary speaker, Roman Catholic Bishop Wilfred Anagbe, from Makurdi, Nigeria, described the situation in his country as exceedingly difficult.



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