The eastern Slovak city of Košice has a new patron saint.
The picture of St Elizabeth of Hungary exhibited at the vestibule of the historical town hall in Košice was blessed on November 16 by Košice Metropolitan Archbishop Bernard Bober on the occasion of naming her the patron of the city.
The painting by an unknown artist depicts St Elizabeth giving alms. It was painted in 1737 to celebrate 500 years since she was canonised, the TASR newswire reported.
The cult has been around for centuries
The new patron of Košice was ceremonially announced a day later, on November 17, during a mass held at the St Elizabeth’s Cathedral.