Pope Francis Calls For 'Openness' After Meeting Hungary's Viktor Orban

Pope Francis Calls For 'Openness' After Meeting Hungary's Viktor Orban

Andrew H. Sweet

In Hungary to close the International Eucharistic Congress, the Pope met Orban and other senior politicians behind closed doors in Budapest's Fine Arts Museum.

The Argentine regularly reminds "old Europe" that its culture and society were built on waves of new arrivals.

Earlier in the day, he told Hungarian bishops that various ethnic and religious groups had "transformed this country into a multicultural environment," presenting a "great opportunity."

Over the past few years, there has been no love lost between Orban supporters in Hungary and the leader of the Catholic world.

Pro-Orban media and political figures have launched barbs at the pontiff, calling him "anti-Christian" for his pro-refugee sentiments.

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