SLOVAKIA: OFFICIAL LOGO OF THE YEAR OF SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS PUBLISHED
(Sir Europe - Bratislava) - The Council for Science, Education and Culture of the Bishops’ Conference of Slovakia published the logo of the Year of SS. Cyril and Methodius. It will be used for all official purposes and events regarding the commemoration of the 1150th anniversary of the arrival of the two saints to the region of Great Moravia. According to the president of the Council, bishop Frantisek Rábek, the logo illustrates dominating features of their mission. It consists of “a double cross as their symbol, and a book because we know what they have brought to us - the Holy Scripture and the Slavic alphabet, culture and liturgy”. The final version of the logo was chosen from 20 design proposals and was approved by the bishops at their last plenary session. The Bishops’ Conference is preparing a special pastoral letter to mark the beginning of the Year of SS. Cyril and Methodius. It will be read out in all Catholic parishes on 1 July. The official opening of the Holy Year will be held in Nitra on 5 July and will be followed by a number of events including the publication of an anthology of poetry and prose about the Thessalonican brothers; the issue of a commemorative postage stamp; an exhibition of archaeological discoveries related to the Cyril-Methodian era; and four conferences on the life and mission of the saints. The conclusion of the Year is planned for 31 December 2013.