Áder noted that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Hungary and the Holy See as well as the 30th anniversary of their re-establishment.
Áder said Pope Francis’s visit to Csíksomlyó (Sumuleu Ciuc), Romania, last year had been a “tremendous success” among Catholics, adding that the pontiff “will surely receive a similarly loving welcome from Hungarian believers”.
Áder said the pope showed keen interest in the programme of the congress, indicating that he would be glad to visit Hungary. “His reaction cannot be considered a full commitment but it was more than a polite comment on the invitation,” Áder said in mid-February.
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