The traditional St Stephen’s Day mass on August 20, Hungary’s national holiday, will be held amid strict health-care regulations in Budapest’s St Stephen Basilica, the Esztergom-Budapest Diocese told MTI on Wednesday.
The mass is usually held on the square in front of the church to tens of thousands of pilgrims. This year, it will be celebrated by Cardinal Péter Erdő in the basilica with only those invited present, observing strict guidelines, the statement said.
The procession will be replaced by a liturgy in the basilica and the cardinal’s blessing, the statement said.
Duna Television and Katolikus Radio will broadcast the ceremony live.
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