People Cheer Pledge Of Loyalty To The Pope
Fifteen thousand people cheered for several minutes when they heard Archbishop Czapik of Eger declare in a sermon : " We Hungarian Catholics were, are and always will be unswervingly loyal to the successor of St. Peter and nothing whatever can induce us to depart from this loyalty."
The Archbishop made this declaration in a sermon at Toeroekzentrniklos, where he consecrated a new church of the Servite Fathers, housing a replica of the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows in Rome.
The statue is a gift by His Holiness Pope Pius XII to the Servite Fathers in Hungary. Last year it was solemnly crowned in the presence of His Eminence Josef Cardinal Mindszenty, the imprisoned Primate of Hungary, and several Bishops.
The Servite Fathers then decided to build a new church accommodating 300 persons and raised the necessary funds through appeals to the faithful. The statue has been placed on the main altar.
Another indication of the Hungarian Catholics` loyalty to the Holy See is seen in the large number of subscribers with the Hungarian National Committee for pilgrimages to Rome in the Holy Year of 1950. To dale the number already has reached 25,000.