President Katalin Novák, attending Pentecost mass in Șumuleu Ciuc (Csíksomlyó), in central Romania, said it was “uplifting to experience the togetherness of the nation”. The open-air mass is part of the largest pilgrimage of Hungarian Catholics, drawing hundreds of thousands of believers from Hungary and the diaspora every year. Talking to Hungarian public media, Novák said the pilgrimage united Christianity and Hungarian identity. This year’s attendees prayed for peace, which seems even more valuable with the war in a neighbouring country, where Hungarian nationals have also lost their lives, she said. After mass, the president visited the church in Șumuleu Ciuc, and the statue of the Virgin Mary which the Catholic Church declared miraculous statue in 1798. Former President János Áder and Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén also attended.