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Pope meets visual impairment children in Budapest during Hungary visit

Pope Francis met children and adults with visual impairment and other disabilities in Budapest, Hungary visit on April 29.

Arriving in his wheelchair at the Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann Institute at 8:45 a.m. local time, he received a tour and was greeted by songs and a reception.

The Holy Father was not expected to speak but spoke briefly from the heart.

During his address, he urged the audience to walk "alongside the reality of the poor, the sick, and the needy," for, as he stated, “this is pure Gospel.”

“Jesus came to take on reality as it is and bring it forward. It would have been easier to implement ideas or ideologies and bring them forward, without considering reality. [But] this is the way of the Gospel, Jesus," said the Pope.

"Mother Teresa of Hungary," a visually impaired religious sister known as "Sister Anna Fehér," founded the institute named after a Catholic eye surgeon who died in 2021.

Children and residents participated in a Latin prayer for Our Father with the pope at the end of the visit. Furthermore, they gave him a handmade gift: an Argentinian flag-and-Argentinian team-coloured woven bag.

They received a statue of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots from the pope.


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