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Bishops pray for reconciliation amid rising Hungarian-Slovak tensions

Catholic World News - 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.

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