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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his wife, Anikó Lévai, paid their respects at the catafalque of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Tuesday morning.
Bertalan Havasi, the prime minister’s press chief, told Hungarian news agency MTI that Viktor Orbán and Anikó Lévai said a prayer for Benedict XVI and for the community of Christian believers in mourning.
In a message sent to the Vatican last Sunday, Orbán paid tribute to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, highlighting that in our memory he will always remain an example of high spirituality. According to Havasi, the prime minister gratefully remembers his private audience with Pope Benedict in 2010.
He added that their conversations about faith, the sanctity of the family, and the importance of protecting our common Christian roots have strongly influenced his views ever since.
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