Priest Tomáš Halík marked the late Karel Schwarzenberg during the last farewell in the Cathedral of St. He hails as an educator of contemporary Czech society and a nobleman of public life.
“I think that Karel Schwarzenberg should go down in our memory as an educator of contemporary Czech society. This Czech nobleman was a nobleman of our public life,” said the priest at the beginning of his speech.
According to Halík, Schwarzenberg taught by his personal example. “He was not an overbearing mentor, but a discreet inspirer,” he said.
According to him, the deceased politician saw earlier than others how important it is for us to be part of the European community.
“He showed us how important the combination of Czechness and Europeanness is. He showed us pure patriotism without the stinking admixture of nationalism, poisonous national selfishness and conceit and selfishness. He showed us the difference between proud Czechness and stale Czechness,” added Halík.
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O himself considers Schwarzenberg as someone who helped Czech society face the growing danger of chauvinism and populism.
At the same time, according to Halík, Schwarzenberg was a gentleman under all circumstances. “He restored the dignity of the people, he was a popular and close person who did not exalt himself over anyone. When it was necessary, he did not hesitate to use a peppery word, but there was never anger in it,” added Halík.
President: We were lucky
President Petr Pavel also delivered a short eulogy. He said the loss of Karl Schwarzenberg affects the whole country. “A great personality of our modern history is leaving with him. He left a lasting mark on our state,” the president said.
According to him, Schwarzenberg did not say things to please himself, but always stood on the right side, even if it was not exactly popular. “He loved his country. We were lucky that of all the paths he could have taken, he chose the path of service to the Czech Republic,” the president added.
Pavel stated that he is personally grateful to Schwarzenberg. “Even though he didn’t succeed in the presidential election, he influenced what people expect from the office,” the president said. He described Schwarzenberg as an intellectual and skillful diplomat. “A generous, kind and wise man who always knew the difference between good and evil has passed away. This country will miss Karel Schwarzenberg,” added Pavel.
The mayor of Prague 1, Terezie Radoměřská, who is the granddaughter of nobleman Jiří Douglas Sternberg, and Schwarzenberg’s close associate Miroslav Kalousek also spoke at the ceremony. Both read the so-called intercessions.
“Let us pray for those who have been touched by the injustice of totalitarian regimes. May everyone find their lost home, be able to forgive and live in peace,” said one of them. The prayer was also said for Europe, for people affected by war or poverty, for politicians and diplomats, but also for nature, the church and others.
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Member of a famous noble family was born on December 10, 1937 in Prague, but spent a significant part of his life in involuntary exile.
After returning after 1989, he worked as chancellor of Václav Havel, he was a senator and foreign minister. He died on November 12 2023 in Vienna. The funeral will take place on Saturday at noon Funeral Mass in St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. For security and capacity reasons, only invited guests will participate in the ceremony in addition to the family, among them, for example Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová, leading members of the European nobility, diplomats and politicians. They will be after mass Schwarzenberg’s remains taken to Orlík and placed in the family tomb.
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