The Summer 2020 issue of the Journal of Global Catholicism, "Catholic Pilgrimage and the Politics and Pragmatics of Place-Making in Eastern Europe," explores the multi-national, multi-ethnic and sometimes multi-faith practices at Catholic shrines in Romania, Hungary and North Macedonia. It is the second issue derived from the conference, “Lived Catholicism from the Balkans to the Baltics,” co-sponsored by Catholics & Cultures and Pázmány Péter Catholic University held in Budapest in March 2018.
In the issue:
- Zsofia Lovei writes about the Pentecost pilgrimage to the Hungarian national shrine at Csíksomlyó in the Szekler region of Transylvania, Romania.
- István Povedák draws on ethnographic research at Csatka, Hungary, where a Catholic shrine now hosts a major annual pilgrimage gathering for members of the ethnic Roma community.
- Ksenia Trofimova’s article opens a window onto the lived experience of Catholics and Muslims at worship together at a small North Macedonian chapel that relocates and replicates the traditional worship at Letnica, a major regional Marian sanctuary in the former Yuoslavia (now Kosovo).
- Erika Vass writes about the Radna shrine in Romania’s Banat region where Catholics have long venerated the Virgin Mary regardless of their nationality and native language.
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