Pilgrims in Velehrad prayed for Iraqi Christians

Experiencing God’s mercy and then sharing it – these were the aims of 23 thousand people who have gathered today, July 5, 2016 in Velehrad for the National Pilgrimage to Sts. Cyril and Methodius.
Published: 5. 7. 2016 19:30

The solemn mass celebrated by bishops of the Czech Republic was presided over by Archbishop Jan Graubner of Olomouc; Prague’s Archbishop Cardinal Dominik Duka delivered a homily.

He mentioned the current Jubilee of Mercy and Velehrad as one of the most suitable places where to search for God’s mercy.

Cardinal Duka then reminded the faithful of this year’s 700th anniversary of the birth of Charles IV and said that his coronation as the Holy Roman Emperor fulfilled the desires beginning with the baptism of the first Czech duke – the event that took place in the 9th century in Velehrad and was carried out by St. Methodius.

After the solemn liturgy today, four persons have been given awards by the Czech Bishops’ Conference: sculptor Petr Váňa, architect Jan Soukup, philosopher Jan Sokol, and psychologist Vladimír Smékal.

At the end, several guests addressed the participants of the pilgrim mass. Among them was also Father Majeed Attalla from Iraq who expressed the gratitude of Iraqi Christians, refugees before the Islamic State, for the support from Czech believers. “It is a great friendship between Christians and we thank you not only for your material help, but for your prayers as well,” he appreciated the works of mercy done by Czech Christians.

Jiří Gračka