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Hungary contributes EUR 500,000 to papal Mass in Romania

The Hungarian government has sponsored preparations for the papal Mass of Csíksomlyó/Şumuleu Ciuc with nearly HUF 160 million (EUR 500,000), Miklós Soltész, State Minister for Religious and Ethnic Affairs of the Prime Ministry announced.

Soltész - together with Franciscan Provincial Erik Urbán and Balázs Sajgó, the archdiosese coordinator of the papal visit - surveyed the works taking place at the location of the papal Mass to be held on June 1st

With the support of the Hungarian government, the stage of the Hármashalom altar located in the mountain saddle of the Kis and Nagysomlyó-mountains/Munții Sumuleu Mic și Mare will be extended, new liturgical pieces of furniture will be placed and the Jakab Antal House of Csíksomlyó will be renewed, where the papal lunch will take place following Mass.

Soltész said that while the Hungarian government can and will not intervene in the organization of an event taking place on the territory of another country, it can help the organizers of an event that concerns the Hungarian community. He said that on the one hand they support such investments, that will serve the community on the long term after the papal visit. Among them he mentioned the renewal of the stage-part of the Hármashalom-altar and also Jakab Antal House.

He added that the roof constructed above the altar for the time of the papal Mass will be detachable so that afterwards it can be transferred to another location.

“The Holy Father informed us that the visit must serve peace and communion of the nationalities living here. Csíksomlyó will also serve this," Soltész said. “We have to show, that faith, Christianity and Catholicism and of course our national entity, Hungarian-ness is also very important to us,” he added.

Romania – hosting its second ever papal visit – has earmarked RON 9 million (EUR 1.89 million) from the state budget for the costs of Pope Francis’ visit.

Title image: Balázs Sajgó, the archdiocese coordinator of the Papal visit, Miklós Soltész, the secretary responsible for Religious and Ethnic Affairs of the Prime Ministry, László Tóth, the consul general of Hungary in Csíkszereda/Miercurea – Ciuc and Erik Urbán, the Provincial of the Transylvanian Franciscans (l-r) in the mountain saddle of Csíksomlyó/Șumuleu Ciuc. (MTI/Nándor Veress)

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