Thank you very much for your congratulations and good wishes for the awarding of the Templeton Prize. For me the prize is not a personal award, but an honor for our entire country, especially for those who have been my moral and intellectual inspirations and guides; for my teachers, who showed their bravery and endurance in the battle for a free culture and faith and who themselves did not live to see freedom and their own awards.
I would like to use the authority that the Templeton Prize confers upon me to increase the culture of dialogue in our world and that is the spirit in which I have decided to use the financial award from this prize.
I apologize that I am not able to respond personally to all your congratulations, but I would like to assure you that I very much appreciate your support.
With best wishes,
Charles University - ÚFaR FF UK
nám. Jana Palacha 2, 110 00 Praha 1
The Czech Christian Academy
Vyšehradská 49, 128 00 Praha 2
Academic Parish of Prague
Křižovnické nám., 110 00 Praha 1