President of the Republic of Hungary, Katalin Novák, visited Transcarpathia

The President of the Republic of Hungary, Katalin Novák, visited Transcarpathia on 22 August.

At the beginning of her visit, the President attended an ecumenical service at the Roman Catholic Church in Beregszász. During the service, sermons were delivered by János Molnár, the episcopal vicar of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Munkács, the parish priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Beregszász,  Péter Miklós Lucsok, auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Munkács, Sándor Zán Fábián, bishop of the Transcarpathian Reformed Church, and Ferenc Demkó, vicar for the Hungarian-speaking faithful of the Greek Catholic Diocese of Munkács.

After the service, the representatives of the historic churches blessed the new wheat bread, baked and brought to our community by Katalin Novák.

Then we heard a performance from the Reformed Children’s Choir of Mezővári. Afterwards the church representatives asked God’s blessing on the lives of all present.

“Peace to you! I greet you with the most ancient greeting of all Christians”

– Katalin Novák began her speech, and then recalled her last trip to Transcarpathia, when she lit the first candle of the Advent wreath in Beregszász last year during the power cuts.

“I came here today with the intention of asking how are you? How are you holding up? Where do they find strength in these times? Today I come here with the strength of 15 million Hungarians. I have come with the hope that there is, that there will be a common future, even if we cannot see the way to it now”,

– said Katalin Novák.

Afterwards, the President of the Republic of Hungary, Ildikó Orosz, president of the Rakoczi College of Higher Education, István Csernicskó, rector of the RF II KMF and the attendees laid wreaths at the St. Stephen’s statue in the churchyard.

Following this, Katalin Novák met with Hungarian political, religious and educational leaders from Transcarpathia. She held talks with president Ildikó Orosz and rector István Csernicskó, among others.

Later in the day, the President of the Republic of Hungary met with the families of Hungarian soldiers who lost their lives in battles, to whom she presented gift packages from the Sándor Palace.

At the end of her visit to Transcarpathia, Katalin Novák met the children of large families.

Anita Kurmay