Pope Francis bids farewell to Hungary

Pope Francis departs from Hungary following a three-day Apostolic Visit during which he emphasized the need for fraternity, openness and inclusion.

By Vatican News staff reporter

Pope Francis took off from Budapest‘s Ferenc Liszt International Airport on Sunday evening, wrapping up his three-day 41st Apostolic Visit abroad.

An intense schedule saw him addressing political authorities, representatives of the Church in Hungary, and the world of culture.

He also took time, as always, to meet and greet the last and the least in society.

On Saturday, he spent time at an Institute for blind children and children with other special needs, and listened to the testimonies of poor people and of refugees assisted by Catholic aid organizations and by the Greek Catholic Church.

A brief farewell ceremony took place at the airport immediately before the Pope‘s departure in the presence of the Hungarian President, Katalin Novák, and a delegation of civil and Church representatives.

His ITA Airways flight is scheduled to arrive in Rome before 8 pm local time.

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30 April 2023, 18:02