Masses commemorate victims of plane crash

A MASS ceremony to commemorate the victims of a military aircraft crash in which 42 people were killed was held in St. Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava on January 23.

The mass was attended by Slovakia's top representatives, including Speaker of Parliament Pavol Hrušovský, Prime Minister Mikuláš Dzurinda and Defence Minister Juraj Liška, presidential office representatives, MPs, NATO representatives, as well as representatives of military missions abroad, foreign diplomats in Slovakia, UN representatives, and members of the Slovak Armed Forces.

Papal Nuncio Nowacki began the mass by reading a telegram from Pope Benedikt XVI. At the same time, a mass in St. Elizabeth's Cathedral in Košice was held.

The crash of the Slovak military airplane on January 19 in a wooded area near the Slovak-Hungarian border claimed the lives of 42 people. Investigators are still trying to discover why the plane went down. Most of the dead were Slovak soldiers returning from their mission in Kosovo.

Compiled by Marta Durianová from press reports
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