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National pilgrimage to Our Lady of Seven Sorrows takes place in Šaštín

A national pilgrimage on September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, began in Šaštín (Trnava region), the TASR newswire reported.

A national pilgrimage on September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, began in Šaštín (Trnava region), the TASR newswire reported.

This year's pilgrimage is dedicated to the feast, which is a national holiday in Slovakia, and is accompanied by workshops for youth on the topic of media. It features, among other activities, a discussion with sports journalist on the topic “the Olympics and what wasn't heard in media.”

The programme continued in the evening with a divine liturgy of St. John Chrysostom celebrated by Bratislava Greek-Catholic eparch Peter Rusnák, a meeting of the youth with Slovakia's Latin metropolitan archbishop Stanislav Zvolenský, and a midnight mass for youth celebrated by Slovakia's Bishops Conference spokesman Jozef Kováčik.

The event is to come to a close on September 16 with a pilgrimage of seniors and disabled people. In Šaštín, several large pilgrimages are held annually, especially on Pentecost and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, who was declared patron Saint of Slovakia by Pope Pius XI in 1927.

The national shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Šaštín was bestowed the title of Basilica Minor by Pope Paul VI in 1964. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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