The Hungarian Csángó people living in Romania can finally enjoy a liturgy after a long struggle for acceptance.
At the beginning of January, the Roman Catholic Episcopate of Jászvásár (Iasi) in Romania allowed the Csángó community to hold a monthly Mass in Bákó (Bacău) - the first since the change of regime.
The first Hungarian Mass was held on January 27th and will continue once a month moving forward. Sunday Mass will be held in Hungarian by priests Felix Mariut of Forrófalva (Faraoani) and Andrei Varga of Bogdánfalva (Valea Seaca).
Ethnographer Nyisztor Tinka, Chief of the Moldavian Union of Moldovan responsible for religious affairs, told MTI that, “this was the first time in the history of the Episcopate of Jászvásár, that there have been regular Hungarian Masses in the area”. He believes the Hungarian Mass is as significant as Pope Francis’ visit to Csíksomlyó in June.