A month ago Hungarian Jesuits and their friends were full of hope about organizing this year’s Saint Ignatian youth festival, Magis Europe 2020, despite the current global pandemic. Although their enthusiasm is the same, and the situation seems to start getting better slowly, the central team of Magis 2020, in accordance with the experiment leaders of the meeting, decided to cancel – or rather, postpone – the event.
There are many reasons behind this decision, like concerns about international travelling and insecurities about mass events. Probably one of the most determining reasons is that Pope Francis has just recently changed the dates of the largest international gatherings for Catholics: the World Youth Day will be in 2023 instead of 2022, and the International Eucharistic Congress 2020 is also rescheduled to 2021. Since Magis 2020 was planned to focus on the Eucharist as well, the central team is happy to announce that ‘21 is the new ‘20: according to their plans, Magis Central Europe will take place in Hungary and the neighbouring countries in the summer of 2021.
So as to provide some Magis experience this year as well, this August will see a short online substitute meeting – the central team will reveal details as soon as they are figured out.
As far as the application process is concerned, registration to Magis 2020 is, most evidently, no longer possible, and those who have already paid their fee will receive a detailed letter about the refund. Yet, the registrations made this year will be valid for next year, so it will not be necessary to start the process all over again. The organizers will announce in due time when the new registration process begins (some time at the beginning of 2021), what you need to do only is to affirm your intention to participate in Magis Europe.