Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress at Heroes' Square in Budapest, Hungary, Sept. 12, 2021. Also pictured in the popemobile is Cardinal Péter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis called on this majority Christian nation to stop closing in on itself and to open its arms and hearts to peoples of other ethnic backgrounds, religions and cultures.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán addresses the media as he arrives on the first day of the European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 24, 2021. Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with Orbán Sept. 12 after celebrating the final Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress. (CNS photo/John Thys, Reuters pool)
Politics & SocietyDispatches
Kevin Clarke
In his meeting with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Pope Francis is not as likely to celebrate the Hungary-first tendencies of Mr. Orban and his ruling Fidesz Party.
Politics & SocietyNews
Catholic News Service
The oldest record of 1,700 years of Jewish life in Germany has arrived in Cologne, on loan from the Vatican Library thanks to intercession from Pope Francis.
"Comedy Illuminating Florence," by Domenico di Michelino (1465) (iStock)
Arts & CultureBooks
Douglas V. Henry
Reading the Divine Comedy together provides an occasion to re-envision God’s grace, to cultivate our desire and duty to help one another.
Inside the Vatican
This week on "Inside the Vatican," the hosts examine the health questions around Pope Francis' trip to Hungary and Slovakia.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
It will be a demanding trip health-wise for the 84-year-old pontiff coming just two months after his colon operation on July 4.