During a visit to Rome, the primate of Hungary discussed the recent Eucharistic Congress held in Budapest, the current threats to the West and the upcoming Synod on Synodality.
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COMMENTARY: A wonderful event that gave hope to hundreds of thousands of pilgrims in the heart of secularized Europe was unfortunately promoted by many as a ‘liberal’ Pope meeting an ‘illiberal’ prime minister.
The Pope’s meeting with Orbán, with whom he sharply disagrees on migration, and Hungarian President János Áder took place at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest.
Hungarian Cardinal Erdö’s Supposed Statement on Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio on Traditional Latin Mass is ‘Fake News,’ Says Archdiocese
The Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest in Hungary has clarified that the archbishop did not issue the statement on Traditionis Custodes that was attributed to him earlier on July 19.
Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress Sept. 12.
The last time a pope took part in an International Eucharistic Congress was in the year 2000, when John Paul II attended the event in Rome.
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.
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.