Written by personalities
Odznak NAPS

Krakow, December 2007
“... I am grateful for your letter dated 26 November 2007 and for the great book The Beauty of Enchantment in Metal about medals and coins dedicated to John Paul II. ...“
From the letter of His Eminence Cardinal Stanislav Dziwisz,
Archbishop and Metropolitan of Krakow.

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Vatican, March 2008
“... Thank you for your nice letter and precious book. Accept my congratulations and encouragement for further cultural and spiritual growth and love for the Church and Holy Father. ...“
From the letter of His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri,
Prefect of the Congregation of the Holy See for the Oriental Churches.

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Prague, April 2008
„... Thank you for your kind congratulation on my re-election as President of the Czech Republic and the book The Beauty of Enchantment In Metal, which you sent me. I will keep it in the library here at the Prague Castle.

With interest I have read the information on the activities of your civic association, which you founded at the age of 17. If it is supposed to contribute, successfully, to promote education and creativeness of young people to meet at various professional conferences or cultural events, it is just good. NAPS has surely found its place among many foundations and civic associations. I find its message of protection and development of spiritual and moral values very significant, because many of them are not by far a commonplace. ...“

From the letter of His Excellency Mr. Václav Klaus,
President of the Czech Republic.

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Kyev, September 2008
„... Here with, I sincerely greet the participants, organizers and guests of the 4th NAPS International Ecumenical Concert – all those gathered in the historical town of Košice to experience high-class spiritual singing. These days we are celebrating the 1020th anniversary of bapticism of Russia – event confirming fundamental Christian values to be a real and reliable trailblazer for many generations of Ukraine people, and sacral songs – its life-giving source.

Art unites people around the idea of goodness, love and faith regardless of their religious affiliation. I am glad that the songs of the Orthodox Church were performed by talented Ukrainian youth. I am sincerely grateful to the organizers of this international cultural event for tolerance and deepening of understanding among peoples, for European dialogue of cultures and religions. ...“

From the letter of His Excellency Mr. Viktor Yushchenko,
President of Ukraine.

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Bratislava, September 2009
„... Sacred song has always meant to celebrate God as well as strengthening of faith, and therefore, of paramount importance to the faithful. In the course of centuries molded to a specific genre with the aforementioned importance, it also has a specific spiritual aspect highlighted by its majestic interpretation. I believe this will be the case of today’s event held at State Theatre in Košice, which has for a while become a temple for all participants. ...“
From the letter of His Excellency Mr. Ivan Gašparovič,
President of the Slovak Republic.

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From Vatican, September 2009
„The Highest Great-Priest addresses to the organizers and all participants of the fifth ecumenical concert with a cordial and kind-hearted greeting, expressing the delight over such a laudable initiative and mutual sharing.

May our legacy of sacral songs create a promising opportunity for further steps towards the unity of Christian churches. The Highest Great-Priest calls for motherly protection of the Holy Mother of God and gives his cordial special apostolic blessing to Your Excellencies, religious and civic authorities and all participants who are present at this significant event.“

From the telegram of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
signed by His Eminence Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone,
State Secretary of His Holiness.

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Ecumenical Patriarchate, Phanar, 23 November 2011
„... We were truly delighted and moved to receive your congratulatory wishes on the occasion of the 20th blessed anniversary of our humble accession to the sacred and historical Throne of Constantinople, New Rome. Your gracious communication is a reminder of your sentiments of love toward the Ecumenical Patriarchate as well as toward our Modesty.

Permit us, therefore, to express to you our sincerest gratitude for your kind words about our humble ministry of reconciliation. In turn, we invoke the Grace of God for continued blessings in your high duties.“

From the letter of His All Holiness Bartholomew I,
Archbishop of Constantinople – New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch.

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Budapest, June 2014
„... I would like to congratulate you for the work you are carrying out by leading NAPS Institute for a decade. ...“
From the letter of His Eminence Cardinal Péter Erdö,
Metropolitan Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Primate of Hungary,
President of the Council of the Bishops´Conferences of Europe.

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Budapest, September 2014
„Dear Friends, It gives me great pleasure to send my greetings to al of you attending at the NAPS International Ecumenical Concert 2014.

I am convinced that the main idea behind the event, the promotion of dialogue and tolerance among nations and the followers of various religious traditionss is a tought that deserves deep appreciation. Unfortunately, our rapidly changing world has not ceased to give us many painful examples of prejudice, bigotry and hatred. We are especially shocked by the multiplying cases of religious intolerance. This state of affairs makes it event more important for us to stand up for tha values of freedom and openness. We should find all the opportunities to show that we do care for each other, and the event tonight is a proof to that.

I am happy to note that significant results have been recently achieved by good Hungarian-Slovak coooperation in many fields. I can assure you that I will continue to do my best so as to further deepen mutual trust and understanding between our two friendly nations.

Finally, allow me to express my acknowledgement for the important work that NAPS Institute has been doing for the years in enriching the cultural ties that connect Slovaks and Hungarians. I wish you a nice and memorable evening as well a severy success in all your activities.“

From the letter of His Excellency Mr. János Áder,
President of Hungary.

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Ecumenical Patriarchate, Phanar, September 2014
„It is with great joy that we greet all of you today on the occasion of the Jubilee Celebration of NAPS Institute. We commend and ancourage all people of good will to continue on the path of bridge-building, reconciliation, and promoting peace among all peoples. Now more than ever, our world needs people of faith to stand united in the efforts to combat hatred, religious violence, oppression and injustice. May our voices for peace and justice be heard throughout the world as a heavenly concert soothing the hearts of all. After all, as put forward by our Lord, a priorty of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has always been – one which we hope will come to fruition through the tireless labors of both clergy and laity – that „all may be one.“ In this time of celebration, therefore, we share in the joy of this special day and offer our prayers to all of you present for your unity and peace, as well as for „every good endowment and every perfect gift from above.“
From the telegram of His All-Holiness Bartholomew I.,
Archbishop of Constantinople - New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch.

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Budapest, April 2017
„Thank you very much for your kind letter send on the occasion of my reelection as President of the Republic of Hungary. It is a great honour for me to have gained the vote of confidence of the Hungarian Parliament. It is also a huge responsibility, since we pursue our duties in a time when the international community needs to find common answers to a large number of challenges.
I am also looking forward to the upcoming years, since we shall participate in a debate the result of which will significantly influence the future of Europe our children and grandchildren will be living in. I am confident that, in this process, it is crucially important to keep and cherish the shared legacy of the Central European nations, and to show to our peoples the values that have withstood the test of times.
Looking forward to new opportunities for cooperation with NAPS Institute, I avail myself of the opportunity to wish You the best of health and every success in your activities.“

From the letter of His Excellency Mr. János Áder,
President of Hungary

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Vatican, December 2017
„Thank you for the letter of 8 December with your warmest wishes accompanying a publication that highlights the NAPS Activities 2014-2017, including occasions of encounter with this Pontifical Council for Culture.
Your institute´s activities in the field of education, culture and dialogue follow closely the desire for encounter that is at the heart of this Dicastery of the Holy See and so I rejoice to see initiatives as your own, and I look forward to future occasions for collaboration.“

From the letter of His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi,
President of the Pontifical Council for Culture