International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest postponed to 2021
A statement from Holy See press office director Matteo Bruni April 23 said the decision to move the eight-day gathering to September 2021 was made by Pope Francis together with the Hungarian bishops and the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.
The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, announced that the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress has been postponed to September 2021, Vatican News reported. It had been scheduled to take place September 2020.
In his statement, Bruni notes that the decision was taken by Pope Francis together with the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congress and the Hungarian Episcopate. It was made “because of the current health situation and its consequences for the movement and aggregation of the faithful and pilgrims”.
A three-day symposium featuring talks on the Eucharist by religious and theologians was planned in the lead-up to the congress.
Pope Francis had been asked to visit Hungary for the event by Hungary’s President János Áder, who extended the invitation during a February meeting.
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