A Polish-Hungarian mass was held in a local church in Balatonszentgyörgy, western Hungary, to commemorate the victims of a Polish bus crash in the summer of 2002, on Friday.
Twenty people died and another 31 were injured when the bus carrying Polish pilgrims overturned on a roundabout between the towns of Balatonszentgyörgy and Balatonkeresztúr on July 1.
The mass in the Szent György church in Balatonszentgyörgy was attended by Miklós Soltész, state secretary in charge of church relations at the prime minister’s office, top officials of Hungary’s Polish self-government, survivors of the accident and relatives of the victims.
Addressing the gathering, Soltész called the 2002 tragedy “a painful event that forms part of the manyfold bonds that link Poland and Hungary“.
Participants later paid tribute at a memorial erected at the roundabout at Balatonkeresztúr where a statue of Virgin Mary was installed.
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