Pope to celebrate closing mass of IEC in Budapest this week

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Pope Francis is set to celebrate the closing mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest on September 12.

According to vaticannews.va, the occasion will mark the first time in 21 years that a pope attends the IEC in person.

Pope Francis will arrive at the Ferenc Liszt International Airport at 7:45 a.m. on September 12. He will then go to the Museum of Fine Arts, where he will meet with President János Áder and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. He will also welcome Hungary's bishops at the museum and meet with the representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches, and Jewish communities.

At 11:30 a.m., the pope will concelebrate the Holy Mass for the closing of IEC at Heroes Square.

The pope will travel to Bratislava after the mass.

According to iec2020.hu, the last occasion a pope came to Hungary was in 1996, when Pope John Paul II visited Pannonhalma and Győr.

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