The first Saturday in September in Košice will belong to Anna Kolesárová's beatification. The local football stadium will welcome about 30,000 people.
Kolesárová lived during World War II. She was a 16-year-old girl when the soldiers of the Red Army marched into the village where she lived. One of these soldiers tried to rape her as she was preparing food for him. When she fought him, he gunned her down.
September 1 will be the day of her beatification in Košice. As spokesperson of the Košice archdiocese, Jaroslav Fabian explains that they did a little research to find out how many people are planning to come to the event.
“About 17,000 participants, 1,000 priests and monks and 200 buses applied,” he said, as quoted by the Korzár daily.
However, everyone is free to come, not only those who applied in advance. The stadium has the capacity for 30,000 people and it is clear that it will be used, Fabian said.
How to get to the stadium?
The Locomotive Stadium (Štadión Lokomotívy) will be open from 06:00. The sacrament will start at 09:00. There are 6,500 seats and other visitors are recommended to bring their own mat or folding chair and some will have to stand.
Visitors to the event may use the shuttle bus from the main railway station and carparks in front of Optima and Tesco.
The Slovak Railway Company will despatch two extra trains to and from the event. One will leave Bratislava's main station 15 minutes after midnight and will arrive in Košice at 6am. The second will leave Košice at 17:41 and will arrive in Bratislava 26 minutes before midnight.
The Official programme starts at 10:00, with one prayer planned before. The event will end at 12:30, to be followed by a concert lasting until 15:00. The stadium will be open until 17:00 so that visitors may pay tribute to the relics, sit and chat.
31. Aug 2018 at 0:32 | Compiled by Spectator staff