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600 years since Jan Hus’ martyrdom commemorated at Czech Embassy

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Bucharest organised, on 15 July, with the support of the Czech centre, the ‘Commemoration of 600 years since the martyrdom of Jan Hus’. Approximately 60 guests participated, including academician Razvan Theodorescu, former Minister of Culture and TVR director, professor priest Vasile Raduca, Dean of the Theology Faculty of Bucharest University, prof. Marius Vasilieanu, journalist and Radu Găină, cultural TV programme director. Top representatives of Romanian Bohemian specialists were also present and prof. Anca Irina Ionescu, author of translations of some of Hus’ work in Romanian, was the host of the event.

The programme was opened by H. E. Vladimír Války, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Bucharest, show poke about Jan Hus’ importance for the Czech state and people and asked the audience to observe a moment of silence in his remembrance. The protagonists stressed the importance of Hus for mankind and civilisation, noting that his influence is still very relevant today, both internationally and for Romania. The presenters reminded of various aspects regarding Hus and his work, including books, films and TV images.

Even if the event took place on a hot summer afternoon, it did raise a lot of interest, being a genuine success – one of the best actions on Jan Hus in Bucharest.

Jan Hus (1369 – 1415) was a Czech priest, philosopher, early Christian reformer and Master at Charles University in Prague. After John Wycliffe, the theorist of ecclesiastical Reformation, Hus is considered the first Church reformer, as he lived before Luther, Calvin and Zwingli.

Hus was a key predecessor to the Protestant movement of the sixteenth century, and his teachings had a strong influence on the states of Europe, most immediately in the approval of a reformist Bohemian religious denomination, and, more than a century later, on Martin Luther himself, according to Wikipedia. He was burned at the stake for heresy against the doctrines of the Catholic Church, including those on ecclesiology, the Eucharist, and other theological topics.

After his death in 1415, the followers of Hus’s religious teachings (known as Hussites) rebelled against their Roman Catholic rulers and defeated five consecutive papal crusades between 1420 and 1431 in what became known as the Hussite Wars. A century later, as many as 90% of inhabitants of the Czech lands were non-Catholic and some still follow the teachings of Hus and his successors.

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