Francis in Hungary: how to interpret the papal visit?
Pope Francis is making a three-day visit to the Hungarian capital Budapest at the end of the week. In addition to meetings with representatives of government and the Catholic Church Francis will also meet with refugees, children and young people. Commentators discuss what this visit means for Hungary.
With the Pope against the EU
The Vatican visit strengthens Hungary in its tug-of-war with Brussels, the pro-government Magyar Nemzet believes:
“The Pope is our true ally, and we are also his good allies in protecting children and rejecting all the nonsense about gender. Of course, the question is whether the peculiar EU rulers will also be our allies when it comes to this thoroughly pro-European and peacemaking stance. Will they not ultimately classify this strengthening of Christianity as un-Christian? But it doesn’t really matter because it will not stop the spread of family-centred thinking. If the Holy Father is for us, who can be against us?”
He brings us all together
It is not just for devout Christians that the Pope is visiting Hungary, says Catholic priest and theologian Csaba Török in Telex:
“Whom has the Pope come to see here? The good Catholics? The priests, monks and bishops? The politicians of Christian persuasion? ... Or perhaps other people too? ... Those whom we despise? Those we hate with a loathing fuelled by ‘Christian love’? ... Those who seek their happiness according to a different set of values? ... I hope that the Pope is coming to all of us and that this ‘we’ includes all of us.”