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Christian Prime Minister Admonishes Francis Christian Prime Minister Admonishes Francis. Francis began his trip to Hungary and Slovakia on Sunday. The programme in Budapest was only seven hours long.…More
Christian Prime Minister Admonishes Francis

Christian Prime Minister Admonishes Francis. Francis began his trip to Hungary and Slovakia on Sunday. The programme in Budapest was only seven hours long. It included a meeting with the head of state and with representatives of Protestantism and Judaism, and the big closing Mass at the Eucharistic World Congress. The meeting with the heads of state lasted 40 minutes, slightly longer than expected. According to the Vatican's press office, they spoke about the role of the Church, environmentalism, and the family. According to his Facebook account, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán exhorted Francis "not to let Christian Hungary perish."

Francis: "The Smiling Dictator"

Smiling Dictator. On the plane, Francis joked and talked with journalists during the two-hour flight until landing preparations started. Ines San Martin reports that the monsignor who organised the trip, had to order Francis to sit down and to fasten his seat belt. Francis called him "the smiling dictator".

In Heaven We Speak Hungarian

Hungarian in Heaven. After landing, Francis, and the Hungarian ambassador to the Holy See, Eduard von Habsburg-Lothringen, remembered a well-known Hungarian joke: "Why will we speak Hungarian in heaven? Because it takes an eternity to learn it."

Francis Speaks Sitting Down

Sitting. Addressing Jewish and Protestant representatives, Francis, who recently had surgery which lasted for several hours, apologised for speaking while sitting down. Quote, "I am no longer a 15-year-old." The closing Mass of the Eucharistic Congress in Heroes' Square in Budapest was attended by 100,000 faithful.

Hungary's bishops: Media Misrepresent Us

The presiding Hungarian bishop, Andras Veres(h), said in the run-up to the Pope's visit that Hungary and the Hungarian Church were - quote - "not portrayed correctly" in the oligarch media. According to him, the Eucharistic Congress was showing that a core of the population was committed to the faith. Despite all efforts to secularise the country, there are many people who want to live Christianity, Veres added. He hopes that this testimony coming from of Hungary - quote - "after so many years of atheism and communism" may also inspire other countries. On Saturday evening, thousands and thousands took part in a procession through Budapest, adoring the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance. Many young people knelt in the street with candles and torches, including many priests. Francis never kneels before the Blessed Sacrament.