President of the Slovak Republic accepted the general secretary of the LWF

President of the Slovak Republic, Ivan Gašparovič, accepted the general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation Ishmael Noko on the occasion of the Pre-assembly talks of LWF for Europe (more in the section General Assembly LWF) on March 17, 2010. The meeting was attended also by the vice-president of LWF for Europe, Peter Stoll, and General bishop Miloš Klátik.

Attendees emphasized the meaning and symbology of the meeting in the current period of globalization, which also represents endangerment of different values apart from the possitive aspects. The president emphasized the important task of the church, which lies on spreading the heritage of European christian tradition and in the protection of the cultural heritage, on which the spiritual base of Europe is developed .

Lutheran World Federation with the hedquarters in Geneva binds 140 national evengelic-lutheran churches together – it is around 68,9 millions of lutherans. It covers the churches, that are linked to the teaching of reformer Martin Luther.

The General Assembly of LWF takes place every 6 years (the last assembly was in Winnipeg in 2003) along with other related events, in which delegates from all lutheran churches along with their highest church officials participate.

Ishmael Noko is the first general secretary (LWF), who is by origin from Africa. He was born on October 29, 1943 in Zimbabwe.

Photos: Marián Garaj

-ds- | 25.3.2010

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