“The Eucharist is the source for the life and mission of Christians,” Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, said addressing opening mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest.
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 Andrássy 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 on September 12, Sunday morning.
Several thousand police officers will provide maximum security and protect Pope Francis during his upcoming visit to Budapest on September 12,
János Hajdu, the chief of Hungary counter-terrorism force TEK, said on Friday. Pope Francis is scheduled to celebrate the closing mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress at Heroes’ Square at 11.30am on Sunday.
A critical point during the visit will be the pontiff’s journey in the Popemobile, which is when he will be the closest to visitors of the event, Hajdu said, adding that
anyone allowed to enter the restricted area will undergo security checks.
Source: MTI, Daily News Hungary