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Pope Francis returns to Rome at the conclusion of his 41st Apostolic Visit abroad

A message of peace from Hungary for war-torn Europe

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05 May 2023

During his three-day visit spent in Hungary’s capital, Budapest, Pope Francis was publicly engaged in seven different events.

He delivered six speeches in which he confirmed the faith of the Hungarian people and urged them to be inclusive and open and to help build peace in Europe.

Shortly after take-off aboard the papal plane from Budapest, the Pope sent the customary farewell telegram to Hungary’s President Katlin Novák, expressing his gratitude to Hungarian authorities and citizens for their “warm welcome and generous hospitality”.

Assuring them of his prayers, the Pope invoked on the EU nation “the blessings of Almighty God for unity, fraternity and peace”.

Following his long-standing custom, Pope Francis stopped to pray before the ancient icon of Maria Salus Populi Romani, as he returned to the Vatican by car from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport on Sunday evening, 30 April.

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