Pope Francis has planned an Apostolic Journey to Hungary from 28 to 30 April, according to the statement from the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, announced on Monday.
"Accepting the invitation of the civil and ecclesial Authorities, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to Hungary from 28 to 30 April 2023, visiting the city of Budapest," the statement read.
The Papal visit to Hungary will mark his 41st journey abroad.
During a busy itinerary of three days in Budapest, Pope Francis plans to visit refugees, poor people, and children of Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann Institute.
Blessed Hungarian physician László Batthyány-Strattmann owned a hospital specializing in surgery and ophthalmology. He gave the needy money, clothes, and medicine. He monitored patients' mental and bodily health. Before surgeries, he prayed for his job with them. He said that he operated, but God healed them, and he was only God's instrument. He was beatified on 23 March 2003 by Pope John Paul II.
As usual, Pope Francis will address officials, civil society, the foreign corps, young people, bishops, priests, deacons, religious persons, seminarians, pastoral workers, and academic and artistic figures.
On12 September 2021, on his way to Slovakia, the Pope stopped in Budapest to celebrate closing Mass for the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress.
According to worldometers.info, Hungary's population is about 9.5 million as of 2023, and about 37 per cent of the population is Catholic.
Local reports say nearly 1 million Ukrainian migrants have entered Hungary since the war began.
Pope Francis' itinerary in Hungary as published in the Vatican News:
APOSTOLIC JOURNEY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO HUNGARY
28 - 30 APRIL 2023
Friday, 28 April 2023
ROME – BUDAPEST
08:10 Departure by airplane from Rome/Fiumicino International Airport to Budapest
10:00 Arrival at Budapest International Airport
10:00 OFFICIAL WELCOME
11:00 WELCOME CEREMONY in the square of "Sándor" Palace
11:30 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC in "Sándor" Palace
11:55 MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER
12:20 MEETING WITH THE AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the former Carmelite Monastery Address of the Holy Father
17:00 MEETING WITH BISHOPS, PRIESTS, DEACONS, CONSECRATED PERSONS, SEMINARIANS AND PASTORAL WORKERS in St. Stephen's Co-Cathedral Address of the Holy Father
Saturday, 29 April 2023
08:45 PRIVATE VISIT TO THE CHILDREN OF THE "BLESSED LÁSZLÓ BATTHYÁNY-STRATTMANN" INSTITUTE
10:15 MEETING WITH POOR PEOPLE AND REFUGEES in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church Address of the Holy Father
16:30 MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE in "Papp László Budapest Sportaréna" Address of the Holy Father
18:00 PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS in the Apostolic Nunciature
Sunday, 30 April 2023
BUDAPEST – ROME
09:30 HOLY MASS in Kossuth Lajos' Square Homily of the Holy Father
16:00 MEETING WITH THE ACADEMIC AND CULTURAL WORLD at the Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics of the Catholic University "Péter Pázmány" Address of the Holy Father
17:30 FAREWELL CEREMONY at Budapest International Airport
18:00 Departure by airplane from Budapest International Airport to Rome
19:55 Arrival at Rome/Fiumicino International Airport
- With inputs from Vatican News
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