Pope Francis began his visit to Central Europe on Sunday. The first stop is Hungary, where he will spend only a few hours. Then the Holy Father will visit Slovakia. During the pilgrimage, he will meet, among others, with Viktor Orban and Zuzana Czaputova.
The program of celebrations, meetings and events with the participation of the Pope during his trip to two countries, which will last until Wednesday, is very tight. During the 34th foreign pilgrimage, he will deliver 12 speeches in four days. Before 8 o’clock in the morning on Sunday, the Pope landed in Budapest.
He will spend about seven hours in the capital of Hungary, and the highlight of his stay will be the Mass at the end of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress.
Earlier in the morning, the Pope will meet Hungarian President Janos Ader, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, bishops, a delegation from the Ecumenical Council and representatives of the Jewish community.
Francis’s visit to Slovakia
In the afternoon, the Pope will fly from Budapest to Bratislava. There, at the airport, he will be greeted by the President of Slovakia, Zuzana Czaputova. Then, Francis will go to the Apostolic Nunciature, where he will meet representatives of the Ecumenical Council, representing the 11 Churches.
On Monday morning, the official ceremony of welcoming Francis to the Presidential Palace and his conversation with President Czaputova will take place. The Pope will then deliver a speech to representatives of all authorities, society and the diplomatic corps. The next points are a meeting with the clergy in the capital’s cathedral, a visit to a charity center and a conversation with representatives of the Jewish community. On Tuesday in Presov in eastern Slovakia, the Pope will preside over the Byzantine liturgy. Later he will go to Košice. There, he will visit the Roma housing estate and meet young people at the stadium.
On Wednesday, the last day of his visit to Slovakia, the Pope will celebrate Mass in the morning at the shrine in Szasztina, the place of worship of Our Lady of Sorrows, who is the country’s patron saint. In the afternoon he will return to Rome.
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