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Leaders of the Hungarian Catholic Church held a press conference on Wednesday about the apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Hungary between April 29-30.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend Pope Francis’ mass on April 30th in Kossuth Square in central Budapest, Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom and Budapest, told MTI.
Péter Erdő said that they can provide 20,000 seats, but hundreds of thousands of people can also attend the papal mass standing on the square and in the surrounding streets. “We are waiting for the faithful, pilgrims from all over the world,” the cardinal said, expressing the hope that the joyful news of the papal mass would “reach a wider audience.”
On the second day of the papal visit, on Saturday evening, Pope Francis will meet around 15,000 young people at the Papp László Sports Arena. He said that delegations from Catholic schools and other communities will come from each diocese, adding that the Bishops’ Conference will decide early next week how many young people from each diocese will be able to attend the event.
Erdő said that the meetings in St. Stephen’s Basilica and St. Elizabeth’s Church would be limited due to the churches’ capacity, but that the events would be screened on the square in front of the churches. And when Pope Francis leaves the church, even if it will not be possible to meet him in person, there will be some way for the faithful to greet him personally.
The Holy See Press Office released the official logo and motto on Wednesday for Pope Francis’ apostolic journey. “Christ is our future” is the motto that will accompany the Pope’s visit to the Hungarian capital of Budapest for his 41st visit abroad, Vaticannews writes.
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