Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of Hungarian Father Péter Oros, who was killed at the height of the Cold War by Soviets in Ukraine.
Speaking in Hungary, once the heart of Christian Europe which today is leading the charge against Pope Francis’ call for the welcoming and integration of migrants, Pope Francis said that the Cross is, yes, an invitation to uphold Christian roots, but also a call to be open to everyone.
At the crack of dawn on Sunday, Pope Francis will leave for Slovakia — with a planned first stop of seven hours in Budapest, Hungary — for a Sept. 12-15 visit. This will be his first trip since his July colon surgery, and the question in the minds of many is: “Why?”
Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Hungary and Slovakia, while seemingly standard as papal visits go, could prove to be among his most challenging visits at a time when distrust in government authorities and the looming threat of the delta variant are leading the headlines.