Pope Francis visit to Hungary and Slovakia 2021

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Pope Francis visits Holocaust survivor Edith Bruck at her home in Rome, Feb. 20, 2021.

Holocaust survivor thanks Pope Francis for highlighting anti-Semitism on Central Europe trip

Edith Bruck said: “Your words about anti-Semitism ... are more relevant than ever.” Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference from Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021

Pope Francis on COVID-19 vaccines: ‘Even in the College of Cardinals there are some deniers’

He added that “one of these, poor guy, is hospitalized with the virus.” Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference.

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Slovakia

The pope spoke at the end of his four-day journey to Hungary and Slovakia. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

On papal flight, Pope Francis tackles debate over Communion for politicians who support abortion

The pope addressed the controversy during an in-flight press conference. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the esplanade of the National Shrine in Šaštin, Slovakia, Sept. 15, 2021.

Pope Francis in Slovakia: Our Lady of Sorrows teaches us compassion for the suffering

The pope celebrated Mass at the national Catholic shrine in Šaštín. Read more

Pope Francis addresses young people at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice, Slovakia, Sept. 14, 2021.

Pope Francis to Slovakia’s young Catholics: Confession is the ‘sacrament of joy’

The pope spoke to around 25,000 young people in Košice, eastern Slovakia. Read more

Pope Francis attends a meeting with the Jewish community in Rybné Square in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis to Slovakia’s Jewish community: ‘Your sufferings are our sufferings’

He recalled the community’s suffering during the Holocaust. Read more

Pope Francis visits the Bethlehem Center in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis visits former ‘Bronx of Slovakia’ transformed by Mother Teresa’s nuns

The pope toured the Bethlehem Center, which has helped the homeless since 1997. Read more

Pope Francis addresses bishops, priests, religious, seminarians, and catechists in St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis: We need ‘creativity of the Gospel,’ not ‘a defensive Catholicism’

He was speaking to clergy and lay people in Bratislava’s largest church. Read more

Pope Francis meets with authorities, civil society, and the diplomatic corps in the garden of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, Sept. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis urges Slovakia to follow the Beatitudes to build a just society

He addressed political authorities on his first full day in the country. Read more

Pope Francis arrives at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary on Sept. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis at International Eucharistic Congress: ‘Let’s make time for Adoration’

Pope Francis is the first pope to attend an International Eucharistic Congress since the year 2000. Read more

Pope Francis greets Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest, Sept. 12, 2021.

Pope Francis arrives in Hungary and meets Viktor Orban

The pope is making his first international trip since undergoing surgery. Read more

Bishop Jozef Haľko, auxiliary bishop of Bratislava, Slovakia.

Catholic bishop: Slovakia has changed profoundly since last papal visit

The last pope to visit Slovakia was St. John Paul II in 2003. Read more


Ambassador: Pope Francis’ visit to Slovakia is ‘a historic moment’

The pope will visit the central European nation on Sept. 12-15. Read more

The Hungarian capital Budapest at sunrise.

International Eucharistic Congress kicks off Sunday in Budapest

Here’s what you need to know about the major Catholic gathering. Read more

The Slovakian flag flies at the Presidential Palace in the capital, Bratislava.

Tensions rise over COVID vaccines as bishops organize Pope Francis’ visit to Slovakia

Only fully vaccinated people will be permitted to attend papal events. Read more

Heroes’ Square (Hősök tere), Budapest, Hungary.

Vatican unveils program of Pope Francis’ 7-hour trip to Hungary

The pope will meet with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Read more

The flag of Slovakia, pictured in the country’s capital, Bratislava.

Only the fully vaccinated can meet Pope Francis in Slovakia, says health minister

The pope will visit four cities in Slovakia on Sept. 12-15. Read more

The Basilica of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Šaštín, Slovakia.

Pope Francis will visit this pilgrimage destination of saints in Slovakia

The basilica contains a renowned image of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows. Read more