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The first Csángó pilgrimage to Hungary

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

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For the first time, Csángó Hungarian pilgrimage has been organized to Hungary, where pilgrims visit important sacred places in relation to the August 20 national celebrations.

The goal is to strengthen the identity of Csángó Hungarians and pay tribute to St. Stephen's sacred power and ask for his help in the reunification of the nation. St. Stephen is the most revered saint among Csángó Hungarians.

Organizers are expecting about two hundred pilgrims to arrive in Hungary by bus. "We want that the most distant Hungarian ethnic group, the Csángós return to their roots and to continue building stronger ties with the motherland" said one of the organizers of the pilgrimage, Sándor Nagy.

Pilgrims leave from Erdély and arrive in Szeged, Hungary via Klézse, Pusztina, Gyimesbükk, Gyimesközéplok, Csíkszereda, Székelyudvarhely, Segesvár, Arad, on August 18 where they will be received by Szeged-Csanád Catholic bishop László Rigo-Kiss. The next day, pilgrims visit the Ópusztaszer Feszty panorama, and meet the deputy speaker of the Parliament, Sándor Lezsák.

They attend the traditional Mass on August 20 in Székesfehérvár and visit the National Memorial of St. Stephen's sarcophagus. The next day, they meet the speaker of the Parliament László Kövér; then, they pay tribute to the Holy Crown and in the St. Stephen's Basilica to St. Stephen's relic.

Organizer Sándor Nagy pointed out that they want to make an annual tradition of the event similar to the Csíksomlyó pilgrimage.

(MTI – hungarianambiance.com)

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