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ORBÁN, ALBA IULIA ARCHBISHOP DISCUSS PAPAL VISIT, INVESTMENTS FOR ROMANIAN HUNGARIANS

 

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met György Jakubinyi, the archbishop of Alba Iulia (Gyulafehérvár), to discuss Pope Francis’s visit to Romania and investments crucial for the protection and religious life of ethnic Hungarians in Romania, the prime minister’s press chief said. The archbishop briefed the prime minister on current affairs in the central Romanian archdiocese, Bertalan Havasi said. They discussed investments in the area, which the Hungarian government is ready to continue to fund as it did in the past, such as the reconstruction of the St Michael church in Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár), in western Romania, Havasi said. Orbán and Jakubinyi also discussed Pope Francis’s forthcoming visit to Romania. The pontiff will visit, among other sites, Şumuleu Ciuc (Csíksomlyó), a traditional place of pilgrimage for Hungarians, in early June. The Hungarian government and the archdiocese will closely cooperate to ensure smooth organisation, Havasi said.