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Holy mass in Nitra marks national holiday of Ss Cyril and Methodius

Thousands of believers from all over Slovakia came to Nitra on Tuesday, July 5, the Day of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and a national holiday in Slovakia, to pray at sites visited by the two saints more than eleven centuries ago. They came to attend the National Cyril-Methodius Pilgrimage on John Paul II Square and a ceremonial open air mass at Nitra Castle attended by President Ivan Gašparovič.

Thousands of believers from all over Slovakia came to Nitra on Tuesday, July 5, the Day of Saints Cyril and Methodius, and a national holiday in Slovakia, to pray at sites visited by the two saints more than eleven centuries ago. They came to attend the National Cyril-Methodius Pilgrimage on John Paul II Square and a ceremonial open air mass at Nitra Castle attended by President Ivan Gašparovič.

Saints Cyril and Methodius, who are also called the Apostles of the Slavs, came to Great Moravia in 863 AD, the TASR newswire wrote. As well as being proselytisers, they also devised the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe the Old Slavonic language.

Source: TASR

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