Pope Francis arrives in Hungary for a lightning trip

Pope Francis arrives to board the plane for his visit to Hungary and Slovakia, at Fiumicino Airport near Rome
Pope Francis arrives at Fiumicino airport near Rome to board a plane for his visit to Hungary and Slovakia
Pope Francis arrives at Fiumicino Airport near Rome, Italy, on September 12, 2021 to board a plane for his visit to Hungary and Slovakia. Reuters/Alberto Lingria

September 12, 2021

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrived in Hungary early on Sunday, beginning an unusually short stay that will outline differences https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/brief-pope-stop-hungary-underlines- differences-with -pm-orban-2021-09-09 With nationalist and anti-immigrant Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Francis, 84, will spend only seven hours in the capital Budapest to kick off an international Roman Catholic meeting before heading to Slovakia, where he will be staying longer, visiting four cities before leaving on Wednesday.

The Vatican’s program said Francis Orban and President Janos Ader are scheduled to meet, as well as bishops and representatives of some Jewish communities, before calling for Mass to end a church congress that began last Sunday.

The extreme brevity of his stay in Budapest has led diplomats and Catholic media to suggest that the pope, making his first visit since surgery in July, is prioritizing Slovakia, in fact rejecting Hungary. .

Francis often condemned what he saw as a resurgence of nationalist and populist movements, called for European unity, and criticized countries that attempt to solve the migration crisis with unilateral or separatist actions.

(Reporting by Philip Pullela and Gergely Szacz; Editing by William Mallard)


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