The head of the Catholic Church arrived today, Friday, on a three-day visit to Hungary. On the first day of Pope Francis' visit, he also met with President Katalin Novak and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The international press also reported his visit, and crowds at the house were awaiting his arrival. Pope Francis will participate in ten private and public meetings and deliver six speeches during his visit to Hungary. On Friday afternoon, Pope Francis met with bishops, priests, deacons, religious, student priests and pastoral staff at St. Stephen's Cathedral. We show you what's happening on Saturday below!
The Pope's trip is primarily a pastoral visit. The head of the Catholic Church came to Budapest to visit Christians and Catholics residing in Hungary and to encourage and strengthen them in their faith. At the same time, it is also a state visit, creating an opportunity for Pope Francis to convey a message about values.
What will happen on Saturday?
On Saturday morning, Pope Francis will make a private visit to the Blessed Batyanyi-László Stratman Home for the Blind, then meet the poor, refugees and members of Hungarian minorities at the Roman Catholic Church in Árpád-Házy on Róssák Square. And he will also give a speech. Participation in the event is subject to invitation and registration. After that, the Pope met with representatives of the Roman Catholic Church and the faithful.
In the afternoon, the head of the Catholic Church will meet young people at the Pap Laszlo Budapest Sports Stadium. About 11,000 young people who have been invited and registered will participate in this event. In addition to a speech by Pope Francis, the program also includes testimonies, folk dances, common prayer and musical performances. In the evening, the Pope visits members of the Jesuit order.
The anticipation is enormous, and Pope Francis has been welcomed home with great love
Pope Francis was waiting for crowds in Budapest, not only at Ferenc Liszt International Airport, but also at Buda Castle. Many people were curious about which Catholic bishop
As can be seen from the pictures, he feels comfortable in Hungary.
He also smiled a lot at the airport, and respectfully did not use his wheelchair, but rather walked with a cane towards the delegation that received him.
In the photo released by the Prime Minister's Press Office, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán receives Pope Francis in the presence of President of the Republic Katalin Novak at the Carmelite Monastery on April 28, 2023.
You can learn more about what happened on the first day of the Pope's visit to Hungary by clicking here!
Pope Francis' apostolic journey from April 28 to 30, 2023 and all public events related to his visit are broadcast on almost all public media channels. There will be a total of six live broadcasts on the Danube, two each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Before the arrival of Pope Francis, the educational series “Christ is Our Future” comprehensively presents the history of the papacy, the relationship between Hungary and the Holy See, and the head of the Church’s relationship with Hungary. In addition, one-minute cultural segments can be expected every weekday, and Pope Francis' thoughts and sayings will address general media audiences on the “Everyday” programme, which has been renewed since Easter Monday.
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