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skateboarding priest sensation

Youtube video of Fr Zoltan Lendavi skateboarding has gone viral. The above video has been watched over 800,000 times. Other re-uploads of the same video by other users make this well over a million views.

Fr Zoltan is seen outside his church in Gaborjanhaza, a small village on Hungary’s border with Slovenia. Anybody understand what he is saying? Please put a translation/summary on the comments.

This is a good example of meeting people where they are. And also of the power of the internet and social media.

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  1. Translation of the video:

    …and that it can bring joy to these children. (kids: Forever and ever, Amen!)

    So you stand on it, and you have to step on the sides because it’s easier to lift it that way. You don’t look at the skateboard, that’s the point.

    So then we start to go forward. … (kids: Car!)

    After that if you’re comfortable doing this, we learn to circle with it, really easy, this is how you go about it at first, first you just do it slowly, and then faster, and then it’s a lot better like this.

    And after circling goes smoothly, (removes collar), listen, so if you’re comfortable circling left and right, then – this is not for the pros, you know it already, this is for those who never tried it – so now half a circle right, half a circle left, and the skateboard goes forward.

    (greets someone)

    So we stand on it like this. I have to button up, in case we get in the papers. (waves) A special hello to the audience!

    So we step, and then we circle …

    Thank you very much, kids..

    And a request:

    You must have heard of the tragic disaster that took place just recently in Western-Hungary, where our Fr. Zoltan is from. A toxic sludge reservoir’s walls broke and made an entire village – not much larger than the village of Lenti in the video – disappear. 7 reported dead, some 150 injured, and hundreds lost their livelihoods. A city nearby is being evacuated as I am writing, because a second reservoir might break through. Please pray for all those who are suffering because of this disaster.

    More info: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11506713

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