ROME, Italy — The Hungarian capital of Budapest is eagerly preparing for next Sunday’s visit of Pope Francis according to the city’s archbishop, Cardinal Péter Erdő.
“It will be a great sign of hope, after a year and a half of pandemic,” Cardinal Erdő told Vatican News on Saturday. “A sign of openness, of rebirth, and also a sign that divine providence does not leave us alone.”
“It will therefore be a joyful event,” the cardinal said.
Last March, Pope Francis told reporters aboard the papal plane returning from his trip to Iraq that he planned to visit Budapest in September to celebrate the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress. He will also spend several days in Slovakia.
The pontiff was originally scheduled to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in 2020, an annual gathering taking place in cities around the world, but the event was canceled due