Bishops pray for reconciliation amid rising Hungarian-Slovak tensions
June 28, 2010
Amid rising tensions between Hungary and Slovakia, the bishops of the two nations made a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in Matraverebely-Szentkut on June 26 to pray for reconciliation. Hungary’s government recently granted citizenship to Hungarians living abroad, including 10% of neighboring Slovakia’s population, leading Slovakia’s prime minister to call Hungary an “extremist country that exports its brown [fascist] plague.”
55% of Hungary’s 10.1 million people are Catholic, as are 75% of Slovakia’s 5.5 million people.
- Hungarian, Slovak bishops pray for reconciliation (MTI)
- Hungary, Slovakia tap into old animosities (AFP)
- Roman Catholic church of Our Lady (Nagyboldogasszony), Matraverebely, Szentkut (Hungary Starts Here)