HUNGARY: GREEK-CATHOLIC PILGRIMAGE TO ROME ENDS TODAY
(SIR Europe - Bratislava) - The Greek Catholic diocese of Hajd˙dorog comprising the whole Hungary with the exception of one region, is celebrating its hundredth anniversary from its foundation this year. On that occasion, from 3 to 5 July, there was a thanksgiving pilgrimage to Rome, with almost 1,100 believers led by bishop FŘl÷p Kocsis. The programme included liturgical celebrations in the Basilicas of St. Peter, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and Saint Mary Major. An interesting particular of the pilgrimage was the arrival in the Eternal City of some groups of believers by bicycle or motorcycle. The 25 cyclists started from Hajd˙dorog on 18 June to cover almost 1,700 km, while on 28 June the Greek Catholic motorcyclists started their journey from the same town. In both cases, Diocesan bishop Kocsis covered the first step together with pilgrims. Within the jubilee year of the hundredth anniversary of the diocese of Hajd˙dorog, a session of the European Parliament is taking place in Brussels on 18 and 19 September, while in October a meeting on the history of the diocese and commemoration of the anniversary are being set up in Vienna.