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Budapest to become the capital of Christianity for a few days

Cathedral of Saint Adalbert of Esztergom, also known as the Basilica of Esztergom

© Hungarian Tourism Agency

Cathedral of Saint Adalbert of Esztergom, also known as the Basilica of Esztergom

Pierre-Marie Dumont - published on 08/21/21

Budapest, the stupendous capital of Hungary, will become the capital of Christianity from September 5 to 12, 2021.

Budapest, the city bathed by the Danube, will host Pope Francis, who will preside over the highlights of the International Eucharistic Congress, an assembly of the Catholic Church that meets to manifest love for Christ in the Eucharist and to bear witness before the world to God’s infinite love for humanity. The event will include outdoor Masses, concerts, exhibits, performances, testimonies, historical tours, family activities and a film festival.

St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest, one of the most frequently photographed Hungarian tourist attractions, hides thousands of secrets. © Hungarian Tourism Agency

Budapest will be an ideal setting, with its historic buildings, its vibrant cultural and artistic life, its picturesque location, its delicious gastronomy, and its famous hospitality. The program includes testimonies by witnesses to the faith of the 21st century. These will include—among others—the testimonies of Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Baghdad, Iraq; Cardinal Charles Maung, Archbishop of Rangoon, a voice of conscience in the difficult times Burma is going through; and Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria.

The Benedictine Abbey of Tihany, on Lake Balaton, a jewel of Hungarian Christian spirituality. © Hungarian Tourism Agency

There will be moments of festive celebration with young people, and such varied personalities as Mary Healy, American theologian, one of the first women members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission of the Holy See, and János Áder, President of Hungary, will take the floor. The International Eucharistic Congress will thus become a unique opportunity for the more than one billion Catholics in the world to discover and, if possible, visit the extraordinary spiritual, cultural and artistic richness of Hungary.

Discover Hungary’s religious treasures.

Throughout Hungary’s 1,100-year history, faith and respect for tradition have created a number of wonderful and sacred places throughout the country that are waiting for you to visit. More information about the Congress is available on the official tourism website.

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