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Bishops Stress Christian Life in Celebrations of Assumption

Brezje/Beltinci/Vipava/Ptuj/PetrovĨe, 15 August - Special masses have been held around Slovenia on Wednesday to mark the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the biggest holidays on the Church calendar and a national holiday in Slovenia since 1992. In their sermons, Slovenian bishops underscored the dangers of atheism and opulence for Slovenian and European society and broached a number of topical issues, including post-World War II summary killings and plans for a gaming resort in western Slovenia.

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The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brezje
The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Nuns of the local order get ready for the mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Around 8,000 people gathered for the mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje. Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass in the square in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje. Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass in the square in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brezje
Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje. Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass in the square in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brezje
Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje. Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass in the square in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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Around 8,000 people gathered for the mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje. Finance Minister Andrej Bajuk (in the centre on the right) and his spouse were among the politicians in attendance.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brezje
Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje. Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran gives mass in the square in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brezje
Around 8,000 people gathered for the mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brezje
Around 8,000 people gathered for the mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brezje
Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje. Ljubljana Archbishop Alojz Uran makes way to the square in front of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Brezje
Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Slovenia's holiest pilgrimage site at Brezje.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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