Karacsony welcomes Pope’s upcoming visit to Budapest

Gergely Karacsony, the mayor of Budapest, has welcomed the impending visit of Pope Francis, saying on Tuesday that it was "welcome news and an honour" to be hosting the pontiff in the capital in late April.

Karacsony said on Facebook that he has held consultations with Michael Wallace Banach, the apostolic nuncio, regarding the papal visit.

“Pope Francis’s ideas on humanity, social justice and environmental protection are close to mine as a green city leader…” Karacsony said, adding that Francis, in a Papal Encyclical, had laid down “a most progressive programme”.

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