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Highlights of Pope Francis' day in Budapest and Slovakia

We recall several highlights from the first day of Pope Francis' 34th Apostolic Journey abroad, which took him to Budapest, Hungary, and to Bratislava, Slovakia.

Pope welcomed to Slovakia with a gift of bread, salt and flowers

Pope Francis arrives in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia on Sunday afternoon beginning the second leg of his 34th apostolic visit abroad.

Pope in Slovakia: Religions must unite in contemplation and action

On the first stop of his Apostolic Journey to Slovakia, Pope Francis urges an ecumenical gathering to resist the temptation of interior slavery with the twin forces of contemplation and action.

Pope in Slovakia: Encouragement in the faith

As Pope Francis makes an Apostolic Journey to Slovakia from the 12-15 September, his visit is being seen as an encouragement in the faith, and to inspire those whose faith has become lukewarm.

Slovakia welcomes the pilgrim Pope

Slovakia is welcoming Pope Francis as he makes his way from Budapest to a nation hoping for a message of encouragement in the faith.

Pope in Budapest: Put God at centre and cultivate fraternity

Andrea Tornielli, the Editorial Director of Vatican News is travelling with Pope Francis on his 34th Apostolic Visit abroad taking him to Hungary and Slovakia. He highlights some of the most significant events and messages of the day.

Pope to Hungary's Bishops: 'Be close to God, each other, priests and your flock'

Pope Francis meets with Hungarian Bishops at the start of his apostolic visit to Hungary and Slovakia, urging them to be witnesses of fraternity.

Pope at Angelus in Budapest: may the Cross link your past and future

Before the recitation of the Angelus prayer in Budapest's Heroes' Square, Pope Francis thanks all religious and civil authorities, as well as the people of Hungary, and urges them to use the Cross as a bridge between the past and the future.

Pope at Eucharistic Congress: Jesus asks each of us, ‘Who am I for you?’

Pope Francis celebrates the concluding Mass for the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, as a ‘Statio Orbis,’ a liturgy manifesting the unity of the whole Church around the table of the Lord.

Pope meets with Hungary’s president and prime minister

Pope Francis greets the President and Prime Minister of Hungary on Sunday, discussing with them the role of the Church in the country, the protection of the environment, and the promotion of the family.