“The registered participant will receive a ticket with a QR code by email: they will print the ticket and bring it to the event,” the bishops’ conference website explained.
“When entering the OTP sector, attendees will be asked to show their ticket, ID, and a negative test or confirmation of having overcome COVID in the last 180 days.”
Pope Francis formally announced on July 4 that he would be visiting Hungary and Slovakia.
Speaking after his Angelus address, the pope confirmed that he would travel to the Hungarian capital, Budapest, on Sept. 12 for the closing Mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress.
He will arrive in the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, on the same day, spending two full days in the country bordering Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, and Austria, before flying back to Rome on Sept. 15.
In an interview with the Spanish radio station COPE aired on Sept. 1, the pope indicated that he was traveling to Slovakia because of a preference for visiting “small countries” in Europe.
Asking if he was interested in visiting Spain, Europe’s fourth-largest country by area, he replied: “Very much. Very much. But my choice so far of travel to Europe is the small countries. First, it was Albania and then all the countries that were small.”
“Now Slovakia is on the program, then Cyprus, Greece, and Malta. I wanted to take that option: first to the smaller countries. I went to Strasbourg but I did not go to France. I went to Strasbourg because of the EU. And if I go to Santiago [de Compostela], I go to Santiago but not to Spain, let’s be clear.”
The pope asked on Sept. 5 for prayers ahead of his trip to Hungary and Slovakia.
“Next Sunday I will travel to Budapest for the conclusion of the International Eucharistic Congress. My pilgrimage will continue after the Mass for a few days in Slovakia, and will conclude the following Wednesday with the great popular celebration of Our Lady of Sorrows, Patroness of that country,” he said after reciting the Sunday Angelus.
“These will be days marked by adoration and prayer in the heart of Europe. While I greet affectionately those who have prepared this journey -- and I thank you -- and those who await me and whom I myself wholeheartedly wish to meet, I ask everyone to accompany me in prayer, and I entrust the visits I will undertake to the intercession of so many heroic confessors of the faith, who in those places bore witness to the Gospel amid hostility and persecution.”
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“May they help Europe to bear witness today also, not so much in words but above all in deeds, with works of mercy and hospitality, the good news of the Lord who loves us and saves us.”