In the Hungarian capital, the Pope will take the time to meet the bishops, then representatives of various Christian denominations and the Jewish community. Finally, at the end of the morning, he will celebrate an open-air mass on the immense Place des Héros.
Pope Francis arrived Sunday, September 12 in Budapest (Hungary) to celebrate a mass closing a major international religious congress. But all eyes will be on his brief meeting with sovereignist leader Viktor Orbán. The leader of the Catholics will have a meeting of about thirty minutes with the Hungarian Prime Minister, but also in the presence of President Janos Ader and two of the most senior officials of the Roman Curia.
Known for his outspokenness, will François tackle in camera the subjects which are close to his heart such as the question of migrants, real stumbling blocks with the Hungarian head of government? The pro-Orbán media have gone so far as to call François “an imbecile”. And they did not fail to note the pope’s flash visit of seven hours, while he will devote three days to neighboring Slovakia for a real state visit.
In the Hungarian capital, the Pope will also take the time to meet the bishops, then representatives of various Christian denominations and of the Jewish community, the largest in Central Europe with 100,000 members. Finally, at the end of the morning, he will celebrate an open-air mass on the huge Heroes’ Square, which Prime Minister Viktor Orbán should attend in particular, of Calvinist origins but whose wife is Catholic. Some 75,000 people are expected. In the city, controlled by the opposition, posters “welcome” François, extolling his calls for solidarity and tolerance towards minorities.
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