Život detvianskej farnosti v pulze „dlhého“ storočia
The life of Detva’s parish in a pulse of „long” century
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The look into the history of Detva’s parish in a „long” century approximates the conditions and factors which significantly influenced the life of the main actors of the local ecclesial community. Population living mainly at scattered mountain settlement was associated by Detva, in which all official, economic, cultural and religion life of the region was focused. Geographical distance between scattered settlements and the centre of Podpoľanie in practice often involved several hours walking pilgrimages of mountain settlers to Detva and back. There was no other way for believers to fulfil all of their religious and national commitments, than to regularly undergo these challenging routes throughout this „long“ century. Currently Roman Catholic parish as the first and basic organizational unit in the region played a major role in the past not only in pastoral care, but also in education, informing, health care and charity. Despite that state was taking over all of these competencies during the „long” century, the position of priest as an honourable authority in the town and at the mountain settlements did not change and remained as a unifying entity in subsequent years of the 20th century.
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