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GOVT OFFICIAL: POPE'S ROMANIA VISIT 'HISTORIC' OPPORTUNITY FOR REGION'S NATIONS

 

Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to Şumuleu Ciuc (Csíksomlyó), Romania is a “historic opportunity” for the region’s nations to come together and make peace with one another, a government official said in Şumuleu Ciuc on Thursday. The Hungarian government will support the city’s preparations for the papal visit with an initial grant of about 20 million forints (EUR 63,000), the state secretary for church, minority and civil society relations, Miklós Soltész, told a press conference. The government will soon receive a detailed funding request for the visit from Şumuleu Ciuc’s Franciscan monks, he said, adding that Hungary will aim to transfer the funds as quickly as possible. Soltész urged Catholics to turn out for the pope’s June 1 visit in as many numbers as they can, saying that it could help support the survival of Christianity and nations.