Pope Francis celebrating the closing mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest – Photo: MTI

Pope’s representative arrives in Hungary

Cardinal Michael Czerny, the Vatican under-secretary for migrants and refugees, on Tuesday arrived in Budapest to meet refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine and the organisations providing for them, as well as Hungarian political and religious officials.
8. March 2022 17:23

Czerny heads the Vatican department for promoting integral human development, founded by Pope Francis in 2016, tasked with responsibilities regarding migrants and victims of armed conflict among other marginalised groups.

Tamas Toth, the secretary of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (MKPK), told MTI that Czerny first visited the aid points of the Maltese charity and the Catholic Caritas at the Keleti railway station.

The cardinal will meet Cardinal Peter Erdo, the head of the Hungarian Catholic Church, and other Catholic leaders later on Tuesday, Toth said. On Wednesday, he will have talks with Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen in Budapest before travelling to Barabas, on the Ukrainian border, to visit an aid point there and meet local religious dignitaries, he said.

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