Hungary to host International Eucharistic Congress in 2020
Budapest/Cebu, January 31 (MTI) - Hungary will host the next International Eucharistic Congress scheduled for 2020, Pope Francis said in a video message sent to the holy mass concluding the 51st congress in Cebu, Philippines.
Hungary will organise the event for the second time. The first occasion,
the 34th congress held in 1938, ended with a holy mass that attracted
half a million believers to Heroes' Squares in Budapest.
The Hungarian delegation to the Cebu congress was led by Cardinal Peter
Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest.
Cardinal Erdo told public television news channel M1 by telephone on
Sunday that Budapest's hosting the congress was of great significance
for the Hungarian Catholic Church. He said that the Budapest congress
would be "an introduction before the world, and not only to the global
church but to the civil world, too".
Miklos Soltesz, state
secretary for ties with church, minority and civil society, told M1 that
Hungary's task would be to accommodate as many people from as many
countries with as much love as possible.
Adam Mirkoczki, the spokesman for radical nationalist party Jobbik, said
in a statement sent to MTI that the news of Budapest hosting the
congress brought great joy. He expressed hope that the congress would
also bring a visit to Hungary by the Pope.
Source: DailyNews Hungary