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Vatican TEDx conference organizer explains decision to invite Gloria Estefan, NBA player

Catholic World News - April 11, 2013

Giovanna Abbiati, an organizer of the upcoming TEDx conference at the Vatican devoted to “Religious Freedom Today,” explained the decision to invite a diverse group of 18 speakers to the conference, including architect Daniel Libeskind, singer Gloria Estefan, and retired NBA all-star Vlade Davic. The event is being sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The speakers all “have real stories to tell about religious freedom,” Abbiati explained. Estefan, for example, has “an amazing story and memories about living in Cuba without religious freedom.”

TEDx conferences are independent events approved by TED, the sponsor of a popular academic-conference website.

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  • Posted by: Caritas - Apr. 11, 2013 11:02 PM ET USA

    If I recall correctly what I have read about Gloria Estefan, she left Cuba when she was a child (one year old), therefore, she can't have memories about living in Cuba without religious freedom. That said, she has many accomplishments and perhaps that's what prompted the TEDx organizers to invite her.

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