Tens of Thousands of Pilgrims Gather in Ludbreg

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Worshippers visit the Shrine of the Precious Blood of Christ in Ludbreg.

Tens of thousands of pilgrims from all parts of Croatia and many other countries gathered on Sunday in Ludbreg at the Shrine of the Precious Blood of Christ. The central mass was led by the Bishop of Sisak Vlado Košić, and it marked the end of the ten-day event the Ludbreg Holy Sunday, reports nacional.hr on September 4, 2016.

In addition to many pilgrims, the events in Ludbreg were attended by Speaker of Parliament Željko Reiner and Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković. Before the start of the procession and mass, Orešković told the media that this was his first visit to Ludbreg on pilgrimage. “As a Catholic and as a believer, I think it is really beautiful here. It is expected that as many as 100,000 people could pass through the town today, and this will be a wonderful event where we believers have the opportunity to meet together in prayer and faith”, said the Prime Minister.

Speaker of Parliament Željko Rainer said that he took part in the pilgrimage many times. “You could say that I am a regular here at the Holy Sunday, especially at mass on Sunday. Of course, you leave this place enriched every time you come here. Messages that are sent from Ludbreg are something I think each of us should have in their hearts”, said Reiner.

Mayor of Ludbreg Dubravko Bilić expressed his hope that today’s feast of the Precious Blood of Christ would pass in the spirit of peace and tolerance. The religious festivities remember the event from 1411 when, during a mass in the chapel of the Bathhany castle, a miraculous conversion of wine into the Precious Blood of Christ occurred. The Feast of the Precious Blood of Christ brings every year to Ludbreg many people from politics since Croatian Parliament has been the patron of the event since 1739.

In his sermon, Bishop Košić, known for his tendency to use religious gatherings in order to send political messages, said that believers should not vote at the next Sunday’s elections for those whom the Church perceives as ideological enemies.


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