Pope Francis is scheduled to be the principal celebrant of the closing Mass in Heroes’ Square at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 12.
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According to a statement by the Hungarian Bishops’ Conference, the Holy Father will meet with Hungary’s president and prime minister ahead of his planned appearance at the International Eucharistic Congress.
Although invited to make a state visit, the Pope has made it clear he would only be attending the Eucharistic congress in Budapest and has no plans to visit the country itself.
The International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 but was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Listed speakers include Burmese Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, retired Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah, Iraqi Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako, Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Nigerian Cardinal John Onaiyekan, and Canadian Cardinal Gérald Lacroix.
Pope Francis made his comments about travel during an in-flight press conference on the flight back from a historic three-day visit to Iraq, where he met with political authorities, religious leaders, and Christian communities.
The Vatican announced last April that the International Eucharistic Congress — one of the major events in the Catholic calendar — would be postponed from September 2020 to September 2021.