Prior to the closing Mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, Pope Francis is scheduled to meet separately with the leaders of the Hungarian state, President János Áder, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and high-ranking government members, according to a statement issued by the Secretariat of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (MKPK).
“We regret that false information and misinterpretations about the Holy Father’s programme in Hungary, which is still being organised, have been spread in the local and international media,” organisers of the International Eucharistic Congress in Hungary said.
The Vatican is expected to publish the schedule of the Catholic head of church’s visit to Hungary in a few weeks.
On 4 June, tabloid Blikk first reported, citing the National Catholic Register that Pope Francis does not intend to meet with the Hungarian heads of state and government. Polish newspapers then reported that the Pope did not want to meet with Orbán because of the Hungarian government’s refugee policy.
Pope Francis was then accused by government-allied media of wanting to humiliate Hungary and behaving in an anti-Christian manner. (Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com)