By Deborah Castellano Lubov

This morning, Pope Francis received the President of the Republic of Hungary, Mr. János Áder, in audience.

According to a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, during the “cordial” discussions, appreciation was expressed for their existing good bilateral relations.

In addition, the statement highlighted, they recalled the centenary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Hungary and the 30th anniversary of their re-establishment.

The focused in particular on the celebration of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest in September.

Moreover, the statement concluded, various themes of mutual interest were discussed, including “social justice, acceptance, the promotion of the family, the protection of creation, as well as the present and the future of Europe.”

Hungary’s President subsequently met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Msgr. Mirosław Wachowski.

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