Pope Francis will visit Hungary in April
The news comes one day after the revelations of Pope Francis made in a recently published book, where he confirmed that the possibility of his visit to Argentina “continues to be valid”, when celebrating the 10 years of his mandate at the head of the Vatican.
Confirmation about the visit to Hungary arrived on Monday. It will be a three-day stay in the country, the Pope’s spokesmen confirmed.
“Accepting the invitation of the civil and ecclesial authorities, Pope Francis will undertake an apostolic journey to Hungary from April 28 to 30, 2023, visiting the city of Budapest,” papal spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement today.
In the second confirmed trip of the year, after the African tour at the beginning of February through the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, The Pope will arrive in a country with a traditional Catholic majoritywhere Prime Minister Viktor Orban is characterized by his ultra-conservative positions on issues such as migration and openness to recognizing the rights of homosexuals.
According to the program released this Monday, the Pope will give six speeches and will have meetings with the poor and refugees and with the world of culture, in addition to the traditional meetings with political and ecclesiastical exponents.
The visit of Pope Francis to Argentina
Thus, Bergoglio made reference to his life in Argentina, from which he never separated. “In Argentina I lived 76 years. But I’m not far away, I feel close. I am always in contact with many compatriot friends,” he said.
In the book “The Shepherd”, In a recent publication that reviews his first decade as Supreme Pontiff, Francisco made reference to his visit to Argentina, which was postponed in recent years.
“The purpose of traveling to Argentina is still valid. It is unfair to say that I do not want to go”, he pointed out in another passage of the publication. The comment arises as a result of his failed visit, which was raised several times in these 10 years. In 2017, he revealed he, that was close to materializing, but that ultimately did not happen.
Portugal and France, on the agenda of Pope Francis
in 2021 Francis spent eight hours in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, to participate in the closing mass of the Eucharistic Congress and hold meetings with political authorities, including Orban, before continuing his European tour with a visit to Slovakia.
In addition to the trip to Hungary, Francis is preparing visits to Portugal in August, and to Marseille, France, and Mongolia in September of this year.