Pope Francis was happy to arrive in Budapest on Sunday, reflected in his several kind gestures, including a funny joke right after landing, the blessing of two newborns in Budapest and the closing of the Mass in Hungarian.
Within the framework of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, Pope Francis’s visit to the Hungarian capital on Sunday started in a pleasant atmosphere, as was revealed by the Twitter post of Eduard Habsburg, German-Hungarian Catholic writer and ambassador of Hungary to the Holy See in the Vatican and the Order of Malta.
As the Hungarian news portal hvg reports, the photo posted on Twitter shows that Eduard Habsburg is really laughing at something. As it turns out from the post, Pope Francis began his visit to Budapest with a kind joke, saying
“Why will we speak Hungarian in heaven? Because it takes an eternity to learn it!”
Not soon after, the head of the Catholic Church started the Mass at the Heroes’ Square in Budapest, wishing that the Angel of the Lord (Angelus) would be the cross between the past and the future. Pope Francis said that religiousness is the lifeblood of the Hungarian nation so attached to its roots. He wished believers to be “grounded and open, deeply rooted and respectful of others”. The archbishop emphasised the importance of love for each other as the supreme life force of everyone.
In his speech, Pope Francis expressed his gratitude to the “great Hungarian Christian family,” and said thanks to Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, as well as the bishops, priests, monks and nuns who attended, and all the believers, as well as the organisers and implementers of the International Eucharistic Congress – reported by the Hungarian news portal Szeretlek Magyarország.
“My blessing from here, from this great city, wants to reach everyone, especially children and young people, the elderly and the sick, the poor and the excluded,” said Pope Francis in Budapest, saying the last words in Hungarian and closing the prayer with the first line of the Hungarian national anthem:
“veletek és értetek mondom: Isten áldd meg a magyart!” (”I say with you and for you: God bless the Hungarian!”).
As hvg reports that, after Pope Francis finished his meetings at the Museum of Fine Arts, he did a big lap with the pope’s mobile on Heroes’ Square and Andrássy Avenue,
having stopped twice to bless two newborns.
The video published on the Facebook page of 777.hu shows that one of the newborns is being handed over, and Pope Francis is kissing him on the head.
On Sunday, almost the whole world was watching Budapest due to the visit of Pope Francis. Therefore, it is quite incomprehensible that the world-famous American journal The New York Times mixed up the Hungarian capital with Bucharest and first reported on its official Facebook page that the head of the Christian church visited Romania on Sunday. As 24.hu reports, the mistake was corrected more than 14 hours after sharing the article. We sincerely hope that no similar errors will be made in the future and Budapest – ranked as the 29th best city in the world – will be known by the whole world as the capital of Hungary.