The 52nd International Eucharistic Congress opened in Budapest last Sunday. The opening Mass was celebrated by 100 bishops and some 300 priests. The participants filled Heroes’ Square and a part of Andrassy Avenue.
Between Monday and Friday, lectures on Christian subjects will be offered all day at the Hungexpo grounds, while
concerts and other performances will be held in Széll Kálmán and Örs vezér squares in the afternoons. Concerts, folk dance performances, and book shows will also be held in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica.
Hungary is hosting the event for the second time since 1938. Originally scheduled to be held in 2020, the event was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though it seemed beforehand that Pope Francis would not meet with PM Viktor Orbán due to political reasons, the pontiff will meet President Áder and Orbán in the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts Sunday morning.