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« Reply #9980 on: September 09, 2021, 04:13:19 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-09/pope-francis-meets-with-chilean-president-sebastian-pinera.html

Pope Francis meets with Chilean president Sebastián Pińera
09 September 2021, 14:59

Pope Francis received the president of Chile, Sebastián Pińera, in an audience at the Vatican on Thursday morning, after which President Pińera met with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and the Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.
Holy See Press Office

This morning, Thursday 9 September 2021, His Excellency Mr. Sebastián Pińera Echenique, President of the Republic of Chile, was received in audience by the Holy Father Francis, and subsequently met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and His Excellency Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

During the cordial discussions, appreciation was expressed for the existing good bilateral relations, as well as for the joint commitment to peace, social justice, and the protection of the poor, the marginalized and the most vulnerable.

The parties focused on the country’s domestic situation, paying particular attention to socio-economic development, the process of reform of the Constitution and relations with the Catholic Church. In this regard, serene cooperation was hoped for, in view of the contribution the Church makes for the good of the entire population in the charitable, educational and social spheres, especially in this critical period of the pandemic.
 
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« Reply #9981 on: September 09, 2021, 04:21:59 PM »

52nd International Eucharistic Congress -- Budapest, Hungary -- Sept. 5-12

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248926/international-eucharistic-congress-2021-the-eucharist-should-not-be-received-unworthily-says-nigerian-cardinal
The Eucharist should not be received unworthily, says Nigerian cardinal
By Courtney Mares
Rome Newsroom, Sep 9, 2021 / 07:17 am

Priests have a duty to remind Catholics not to receive the Eucharist in a state of serious sin and to make confession easily available, a Nigerian cardinal said at the International Eucharistic Congress on Thursday.

“It is still the doctrine of the Church that anyone who knows himself or herself to be in a state of serious sin which distances him from the love of God should not move forward to receive the Holy Communion simply because everybody is going,” Cardinal John Onaiyekan said during a live-streamed catechesis in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, on Sept. 9.

“He must first avail himself of the sacrament of reconciliation with God through confession.”

“But unfortunately, what we see is a general stream of people going for Communion at Mass, and it seems like they don’t really bother about whether they are in the right spiritual state to receive it.”

“It is the duty of pastors to remind the faithful about this, without introducing unnecessary exaggerations in the matter. It is also the duty of pastors to make access to confession easily available for the faithful.”

Cardinal Onaiyekan served as the archbishop of Abuja from 1994 until 2019, when Pope Francis accepted his retirement at the age of 75. He delivered an hour-long catechesis on Catholic doctrine on the Eucharist at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress taking place in Hungary on Sept. 5-12.

The 77-year-old cardinal recommended that priests preach on the worthy reception of the Eucharist so that people will know when they are in an irregular situation and “will regulate their behavior without waiting to be publicly pulled out of the Communion rails.”

“There is a debate going on in some countries about whether a politician who for political reasons votes for an immoral law should be stopped from Holy Communion,” Onaiyekan said.

“If voting for an immoral law, even in a secular state, amounts to becoming an accomplice to the crime, then we would be dealing with a moral decision that is incompatible with receiving Holy Communion.”
 
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« Reply #9982 on: September 10, 2021, 11:07:59 AM »

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Pope welcomes children engaged in “The Walk”
10 September 2021, 15:38

Pope Francis greets a group of some 100 children gathered in the Courtyard of St. Damasus in the Vatican for an event tied to the World Day for Migrants and Refugees.
By Vatican News staff writer

The children whom Pope Francis greeted and blessed on Friday morning had been invited into the courtyard of St. Damasus after having participated in an initiative promoted by the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development in collaboration with the Diocese of Rome.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-09/cardinal-czerny-little-amal-migrants-refugees-puppet.html
“Little Amal” highlights the plight of migrants and refugees
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« Reply #9983 on: September 10, 2021, 11:13:45 AM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-09/cardinal-koch-christianity-judaism-unity-letter.html

Card. Koch: Pope seeks to deepen bonds of friendship between Christianity and Judaism
10 September 2021, 16:06

The President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, writes to two Jewish leaders in response to concerns raised about the Holy Father’s catechesis during the General Audience on 11 August.
By Vatican News staff writer

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, has written to two Jewish leaders, addressing concerns about the Pope's catechesis during a recent General Audience.

The Cardinal’s letter, written at the direction of Pope Francis, comes in response to Rabbi Rasson Arussi’s letter, dated 12 August, and Rabbi David Fox Sandmel’s letter, dated 24 August, in which they both referred to Pope Francis’ catechesis at the General Audience of 11 August, during which the Holy Father reflected on St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians (Gal 3, 19. 21 – 22).

Rabbi Rasson Arussi is the Chair of the Commission of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel for Dialogue with the Holy See, while Rabbi David Fox Sandmel is the Senior Advisor on Interreligious Affairs at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
 
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« Reply #9984 on: September 10, 2021, 11:25:11 AM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-09/hungary-ambassador-holy-see-interview-eucharistic-congress-pope.html

Budapest awaits Pope Francis
10 September 2021, 08:30

Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen, Hungary's Ambassador to the Holy See, looks ahead to Pope Francis' arrival in Budapest for the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress and recalls the deep ties between his country and Europe.
By Delphine Allaire & Linda Bordoni

As the people of Hungary and the participants of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress taking place in Budapest prepare to welcome Pope Francis on Sunday for the closing Mass, the Congress itself is in full swing, with a rich programme of Masses, concerts, exhibits, testimonies, and a film festival.

Organizers of the Congress point out that the gathering is a unique opportunity for the more than one billion Catholics in the world to focus on the centrality of the Eucharist in Christian life.

The Budapest event is also an occasion to discover Hungary’s 1,100-year history of faith and respect for tradition, and a long-standing relationship between the country’s Church and State.

The Hungarian Ambassador to the Holy See, Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen told Vatican Radio’s Delphine Allaire that the people of Hungary view the Pope’s presence in Budapest as "a real gift

“They are thrilled, happy, and excited that the Holy Father comes to visit Budapest for the Eucharistic Congress,” Ambassador Habsburg-Loghringen says, noting that everyone is well aware of the fact that this is something the Pope rarely does.
 
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-09/pope-presentation-journey-slovakia-hungary-matteo-bruni.html
Pope's pilgrimage to Hungary and Slovakia "will be a spiritual journey"
10 September 2021, 09:38

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Pope Francis about to make first COVID-era European trip to Hungary, Slovakia
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« Reply #9985 on: September 10, 2021, 11:33:23 AM »

52nd International Eucharistic Congress -- Budapest, Hungary -- Sept. 5-12

https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248940/international-eucharistic-congress-2021-cardinal-says-faith-in-europe-has-become-a-very-small-flame
At International Eucharistic Congress, cardinal says ‘faith in Europe has become a very small flame’
By CNA Staff
Budapest, Hungary, Sep 10, 2021 / 06:50 am

A cardinal said on Friday that “faith in Europe has become a very small flame.”

Celebrating Mass at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, on Sept. 10, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich said he prayed that the continent would rediscover the missionary dimension of the faith.

“Faith in Europe has become a very small flame, which in some regions of our continent risks slipping away,” he said in his homily, delivered in French.

“The faith was carried by cultural structures, the faith entered the soul as if in symbiosis with the world around us. A faith no longer carried by this Christian world becomes at risk of wavering.”

He continued: “But we know that faith is not only nourished by culture. Faith is nourished by its object, which is at the same time the subject, the living God who is also the source of that faith. The purpose of faith is to come to a relationship with the living God through prayer and participation in the sacraments.”

“Faith has a missionary dynamic. Faith demands to be shared with others… I pray with all my heart that this missionary dimension of faith may be rediscovered in Europe.”

The 63-year-old Jesuit archbishop of Luxembourg was speaking on the sixth day of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, which opened on Sept. 5 with a 1,000-strong choir and a Mass featuring First Communions.

The congress was originally scheduled to take place in 2020 but was postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The eight-day event will culminate on Sept. 12 with a closing Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in Budapest’s Heroes’ Square.

In July, Pope Francis named Hollerich, the president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE), as the relator general of the 2023 synod on synodality.
 
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« Reply #9986 on: September 11, 2021, 09:20:32 AM »

"United We Stand" -- "Never Forget"   

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https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-09/11-september-2001-anniversary-popes-jpii-benedict-xvi-francis.html
9/11 : The Popes pray for peace and fraternity
10 September 2021, 14:50

Three Popes evoke peace and fraternity as they confront the destruction and the legacy of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.
VATICAN NEWS

On the day following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, it was General Audience Day in the Vatican.  Pope John Paul II set aside his weekly reflection saying he could not begin this audience without expressing his profound sorrow at the attacks which brought death and destruction to America.

“Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say,” he said.
 
During Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to the United States, he too visited Ground Zero. The monument had been completed and the Holy Father laid a white rose on the edge of the reflecting pool.

He held an interreligious meeting at the poignantly symbolic venue and appealed for all religions to promote peace together and said: “For all our differences and disagreements, we can experience a world of peace.”

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/vatican-city/news/2021-09/the-legacy-of-9-11.html
The Legacy of 9/11
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« Reply #9987 on: September 11, 2021, 04:26:46 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-09/pope-francis-message-italian-national-pilgrimage-families.html

Pope: The family is alive in prayer, Word of God and service
11 September 2021, 11:47

Pope Francis has sent a message to families participating in the 14th National Pilgrimage of Families for the Family, taking place on Saturday in 20 Marian shrines across Italy.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged families to be united in prayer and the Word of God and to go out to serve the poor and the marginalized in charity and fraternity.

“The family is alive if it is united in prayer. The family is strong if it rediscovers the Word of God and the providential value of all its promises. The family is generous and builds history if it remains open to life, if it does not discriminate and serves the most fragile and needy, if it does not stop offering the world the bread of charity and the wine of fraternity.”

This was the heart of the message that the Pope sent to the 14th National Pilgrimage of Families for the Family that is taking place simultaneously on Saturday across 20 shrines of Italy, and also in Switzerland.
 
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« Reply #9988 on: September 11, 2021, 04:30:18 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-09/pope-francis-meeting-charles-michel-president-european-council.html

Pope discusses Afghan refugees with president of European Council
11 September 2021, 12:29

Pope Francis meets with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and discusses the plight of people who have fled Afghanistan.
By Vatican News staff reporter

The Holy See Press Office announced on Saturday that the Pope met with Mr. Charles Michel that same morning in the Apostolic Palace.

A press statement said the President of the European Council and Pope Francis engaged in “cordial” dialogue which touched on several regional and international items of interest.

The two men paid particular attention to the situation of Afghan refugees who have fled in the wake of the Taliban takeover of the country last month.

Pope Francis and Mr. Michel also spoke about the challenges facing Europe, in reference to the ongoing Conference on the Future of Europe.
 
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« Reply #9989 on: September 11, 2021, 04:33:31 PM »

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Pope urges Discalced Carmelites to God's friendship, mission
11 September 2021, 16:49

Pope Francis on Saturday met members of the 92nd General Chapter of Discalced Carmelites. He spoke to them about how to renew themselves, keeping faithful to their contemplative vocation of friendship with God.
By Robin Gomes

Pope Francis on Saturday urged Discalced Carmelites to maintain harmony between friendship with God, fraternal life and mission by listening to the Spirit, discerning the signs of the times, and becoming witnesses to all. In all of these, they should not forget their contemplative vocation and charism.

The Pope made the exhortation to members of the 92nd General Chapter of Discalced Carmelites, whom he met in the Vatican on Saturday.  He encouraged them on the path of listening to the Spirit in order to discern the signs of the times and witness to the world, which the August 29 - September 19 General Chapter is discussing.   

He said one needs to listen to the Spirit in order to be able to respond to the signs of the times, through which the Lord of history speaks to us and reveals Himself.  Listening and discernment, he said, are needed in view of the witness, of the mission carried out through the proclamation of the Gospel, both with words and, above all, with life.
 
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https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-09/pope-francis-g20-interfaith-forum-message-peace-religions.html

Pope to G20 Interfaith Forum: Peace is a universal right
11 September 2021, 21:00

Pope Francis sends a message to participants in the G20 Interfaith Forum, and urges religious leaders to pursue peace for all peoples and to serve truth.
By Devin Watkins

The G20 Interfaith Forum runs from 12-14 September in the Italian city of Bologna, and is meant to promote healing from the Covid-19 pandemic and the many conflicts lacerating the world.

Religious leaders taking part in the annual event seek to engage with the agenda of the G20, a forum for international economic cooperation amongst the world’s 20 largest economies.

Pope Francis sent his greetings to participants in the Interfaith Forum on Saturday evening.

True religion

The Pope praised the forum’s goal of sharing ideas and hopes through interfaith dialogue and the promotion of religious freedom.

He said the role of religions is essential in overcoming war and hatred, since “true religion consists in adoring God and loving our neighbor.”

“More than putting something on display, we are called to show the fatherly presence of the Heavenly God through our harmony on earth,” he said.
 
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52nd International Eucharistic Congress -- Budapest, Hungary -- Sept. 5-12

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/church/news/2021-09/eucharistic-congress-pope-francis-budapest-cardinal-bo.html
Worship and candlelight ahead of Pope Francis’ Budapest visit
11 September 2021, 17:24

The countdown has begun for the visit of Pope Francis to Hungary, with worship and a candlelight procession across downtown Budapest. On Sunday, the Pope will hold the closing Mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress.
By Stefan J. Bos

Thousands of youngsters packed Budapest's László Papp Budapest Sports Arena for worship ahead of Pope Francis's visit to Hungary.

It is part of efforts by organizers of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress to include the next generation in the celebration of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

Thousands joined in singing, "Bless the Lord all my soul, on my soul, Worship His Holy name, Sing like never before."

Hungarian President János Áder earlier reflected on the theme of this song. He said, "If you seek God not as a physical reality but in your heart and soul, and through your deeds, you shall find Him."

Quoting from Pope Francis's encyclical Laudato si', Áder said that "we are in a close communion with all creatures on our way towards God's eternal light."
 
Cardnal Péter Erdő was to celebrate Mass followed by a candlelight procession to the capital's spectacular Heroes' Square.

There, Pope Francis will preside over the closing Mass on Sunday, which is expected to be attended by at least some 100,000 pilgrims and give hope to Hungary and other nations.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248952/international-eucharistic-congress-catholic-cardinal-says-our-world-today-is-in-burning-need-of-a-united-christianity
Cardinal Erdö: Our world today is in burning need of a united Christianity
By Courtney Mares
Rome Newsroom, Sep 11, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Cardinal Péter Erdö said Saturday at the International Eucharistic Congress that the world is in “burning need” of the witness of a united Christianity.

The archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and primate of Hungary offered Mass in the main square in front of the grand Hungarian Parliament Building on the penultimate day of the congress as the country awaits the arrival of Pope Francis.

“It is a special providential gift of God that before the conclusion of the Eucharistic Congress, we can celebrate here in the central square of the nation," Erdö said in his homily on Sept. 11.
 
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« Reply #9992 on: September 11, 2021, 05:11:16 PM »

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-09/pope-francis-mary-major-prayer-budapest-slovakia.html

Pope entrusts Budapest, Slovakia visit to Our Lady’s protection
11 September 2021, 08:44

Pope Francis pays a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray before the icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani ahead of his 34th Apostolic Journey abroad.
By Devin Watkins

Continuing his enduring tradition, the Pope has taken time to entrust his upcoming Apostolic Journey to the protection of Our Lady.

According to the Holy See Press Office, he visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Friday evening around 7 PM to pray before the ancient icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani.

Pope Francis sat and prayed for a while, laying a bouquet of flowers on the altar beneath Our Lady’s icon.

The image of the “Salvation of the Roman people” is housed in the Basilica’s Borghese chapel.

Tradition holds that the icon arrived in Rome during the reign of Pope St. Gregory the Great, sometime around 590 AD.

At the end of his visit, the Pope returned to the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican.

Devotion to Our Lady

The Pope is scheduled to depart for Budapest, Hungary, early Sunday morning, where he will celebrate the closing Mass for the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress.

Then, on Sunday afternoon, he will take a short flight to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

That leg of the Pope’s Apostolic Journey will last until Wednesday.
 
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Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Budapest and Slovakia -- September 12-15, 2021

https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-07/pope-s-upcoming-itinerary-in-budapest-and-slovakia-is-released.html
Pope’s upcoming itinerary in Budapest and Slovakia is released
21 July 2021, 12:30

The itinerary for Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Budapest and Slovakia is released. His journey will take place from the 12-15 September 2021.
Vatican News

Sunday 12th

Pope Francis will depart from Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport arriving at Budapest International Airport at 7.45 am. Following an official welcome, the Pope will meet with the country’s bishops and meet with representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches and Jewish communities. In the afternoon the Pope will preside over Holy Mass for the closing of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress before departing for Bratislava, Slovakia.

Monday 13th

Highlights of the Pope’s first full day in Slovakia will include a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic, as well as meetings with political leaders and an encounter with Bishops, Priests and Religious.

Tuesday 14th

On Tuesday morning, Pope Francis will depart for Košice where he will preside over the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. Later in the day, he will meet with the Roma community and with young people before flying back to Bratislava.

Wedneday 15th

On the final day of his visit to Slovakia, Pope Francis will preside over Holy Mass at the National Shrine in Šaštin. Following a farewell ceremony, the Pope will depart for Rome at 15.30 in the afternoon.

The logo

The logo picks up on the theme of the visitation: at the bottom is a road, symbolising the way to the cross, inside a heart, a reminder of St Joseph's love for Jesus and of Our Lady, patron saint of Slovakia. The seven stars are a reference to the "Seven Sorrows" of the name given to the Virgin Mary. The elements of the logo bear the colours white, blue and red of the Slovak flag and white and yellow of the Vatican flag.

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Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Budapest and Slovakia -- September 12-15, 2021

Vatican publishes schedule for papal trip to Hungary, Slovakia
By Junno Arocho Esteves
Jul 21, 2021 | Catholic News Service
 
Here is the detailed schedule released by the Vatican July 21. Times listed are local, with Eastern Daylight Time in parenthesis:

Sunday, Sept. 12 (Rome, Budapest, Bratislava)

— 6 a.m. (12 a.m.) Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport

— 7:45 a.m. (1:45 a.m.) Arrival at Budapest international airport. Welcoming ceremony.

— 8:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m.) Meeting with President János Áder and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest.

— 9:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m.) Meeting with Hungary’s bishops at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. Speech by pope.

— 10 a.m. (4 a.m.) Meeting with representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches and several Jewish communities of Hungary at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. Speech by pope.

— 11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m.) Closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress at Heroes’ Square in Budapest. Homily by pope.

— 2:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m.) Farewell ceremony at Budapest international airport.

— 2:40 p.m. (8:40 a.m.) Departure by plane for Bratislava.

— 3:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.) Arrival at Bratislava international airport. Welcoming ceremony.

— 4:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m.) Ecumenical Meeting at the apostolic nunciature.

— 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m.) Private meeting with Jesuit priests.
 
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Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Budapest and Slovakia -- September 12-15, 2021

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Pope Francis in Budapest for the 1st leg of Apostolic Visit
12 September 2021, 08:06

Taking off shortly after 6am on Alitalia flight A320 from Rome's Fiumicino airport, the papal plane landed in Budapest at 7.42am kicking off the first leg of his 34th apostolic visit abroad.
By Vatican News staff writer

Pope Francis has entrusted this apostolic visit to the heart to the intercession of “so many heroic confessors of the Faith” who in Hungary and Slovakia witnessed to the Gospel "amid hostility and persecution."

The Pope arrived at Budapest’s international airport spot on time to be welcomed by the Apostolic Nuncio to Hungary, Archbishop Michael Blume and by the Hungarian Ambassador to the Holy See, Eduard Habsburg-Lothringen, who boarded the plane.  Awaiting him on the tarmac was the Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary and two children dressed in traditional costumes.

Before presiding at the closing Mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, the Pope will be received in private audience by the nation’s President, János Áder, and by the Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán.

These meetings took place in Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts, where he will later meet with the Hungarian Bishops.
 
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Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Budapest and Slovakia -- September 12-15, 2021

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Pope meets with Hungary’s president and prime minister
12 September 2021, 10:41

Pope Francis greets the President and Prime Minister of Hungary on Sunday, discussing with them the role of the Church in the country, the protection of the environment, and the promotion of the family.
By Devin Watkins

The first stop on Pope Francis’ one-day visit to Budapest took him to the Museum of Fine Arts for a meeting with Hungarian President János Áder, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén.

A statement from the Holy See Press Office said the Pope was welcomed to Hungary by the heads of state and government for a “cordial” meeting in the Romanic Hall of the Museum.

The men posed for an official photo before holding a private meeting.

The Pope and Hungary’s civil leaders discussed the “role of the Church in the country, the commitment to the protection of the environment, and the protection and promotion of the family.”
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248955/pope-francis-arrives-in-hungary-and-meets-viktor-orban
Pope Francis arrives in Hungary and meets Viktor Orban
By Courtney Mares
Rome Newsroom, Sep 12, 2021 / 02:30 am
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Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Budapest and Slovakia -- September 12-15, 2021

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Pope to Hungary's Bishops: 'Be close to God, each other, priests and your flock'
12 September 2021, 10:40

Pope Francis meets with Hungarian Bishops at the start of his apostolic visit to Hungary and Slovakia, urging them to be witnesses of fraternity.
By Linda Bordoni

Shortly after his arrival in Budapest on Sunday morning, Pope Francis met with his Hungarian brother bishops with whom he shared a reflection on Eucharistic action in which, he said, we see Christ offering his body and blood for us, and he upheld the Hungarian Church’s long history of unwavering faith amid persecutions and the bloodshed of its martyrs.

He paid tribute to so many “brothers and sisters, bishops and priests,” whose loving sacrifice he described as "an evangelical seed of rebirth sown in the history of your people.”

Speaking from the Museum of Fine Arts’ magnificent Renaissance Hall, he also looked to the future inviting the bishops  not to keep their gaze fixed only on the past but to look forward “to find ever new ways to proclaim the Gospel.”

Recalling the words of Pope Benedict XVI who described tradition as a “river of new life that flows from the origins, from Christ down to us, and makes us participate in God’s history with humanity,” the Pope told them their ministry “is not to repeat a message from days of yore, but to be a prophetic voice loudly proclaiming the perennial timeliness of the Gospel in the life of the holy people of God and in today’s world.”

Thus, he went on to suggest a few pointers for carrying out this mission.
 
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Pope to Hungary's religious leaders: Be roots of unity, allow world to blossom
12 September 2021, 10:44

Pope Francis meets with representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches and some Jewish communities in Budapest, and tells them to be vigilant of the past, to become roots of unity, and to enable the world to blossom.
By Francesca Merlo

The second event on his short visit to Hungary is a meeting with representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches and some Jewish communities. After hearing from representatives of different religious leaders, Pope Francis addressed all the leaders, gathered in Budapest’s Museum of Fine Arts. (Follow the link for an English translation of the full text of the Pope's address.)

"Having you here, side by side," opened the Pope, is a “sign of great unity”. “As I look out at you, my brothers and fellow Christians, I bless your continuing journey towards full communion”, he continued. 
 
full text of the Pope's address--  https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2021/09/12/0559/01187.html#en
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Pope at Eucharistic Congress: Jesus asks each of us, ‘Who am I for you?’
12 September 2021, 12:30

Pope Francis celebrates the concluding Mass for the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, as a ‘Statio Orbis,’ a liturgy manifesting the unity of the whole Church around the table of the Lord.
By Christopher Wells

Jesus’ question to His disciples in Sunday’s Gospel — “Who do you say that I am?” — is addressed to each one of us personally, Pope Francis said in his homily at the concluding Mass for the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress.

It is a question, he said, that “calls for more than a quick answer straight out of the catechism.” Instead, “it requires a vital personal response.”

The Holy Father said that our response “renews us as disciples,” a renewal that involves three steps: proclaiming Jesus, discerning with Jesus, and following Jesus.
 
https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/248956/pope-francis-at-international-eucharistic-congress-lets-make-time-for-adoration-of-the-blessed-sacrament
Pope Francis at International Eucharistic Congress: 'Let's make time for Adoration'
By Courtney Mares
Rome Newsroom, Sep 12, 2021 / 05:30 am

https://www.romereports.com/en/2021/09/12/full-transcript-of-pope-francis-homily-at-closing-mass-of-international-eucharistic-congress-in-budapest/
Full transcript of Pope Francis' Homily at closing Mass of International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest
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