Pope Francis’ September trip to Hungary and Slovakia features a packed schedule that shows he has no intention of slowing down despite his recent recovery from colon surgery. Source: NCR Online.
The Vatican yesterday released the Pope’s schedule for the September 12-15 trip, including the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest.
The Pope announced the trip on July 4 to pilgrims gathered in St Peter’s Square for his Sunday Angelus address.
“From the bottom of my heart, I thank those who are preparing this journey, and I am praying for them,” he said. “Let us all pray for this journey and for the people who are working to organise it.”
Arriving in Hungary on September 12, the Pope will meet with Hungarian President János Áder and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán before meeting with the country’s bishops and representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches and several Jewish communities.
After celebrating the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress, the Pope will immediately depart for Bratislava, Slovakia, where he will participate at an ecumenical gathering at the apostolic nunciature before meeting privately with a group of Jesuit priests.
While in Slovakia, the Pope also will visit the cities of Presov and Kosice on September 14, where he will preside over a Divine Liturgy, as well as meet with members of the Roma community and young people.
On his final day, September 15, Francis will pray and celebrate Mass with the country’s bishops at the Basilica of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Šaštin before returning to Rome.
Vatican publishes schedule for papal trip to Hungary, Slovakia (By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS via NCR Online)