Pope Francis smiles during a meeting on April 29, 2023, with children and adults who are visually impaired and have other disabilities at a Catholic institute in Budapest, Hungary, dedicated to Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann. / Vatican Media
CNA Staff, Apr 29, 2023 / 07:08 am (CNA).
Pope Francis’ second day in Budapest, Hungary, included a visit Saturday morning with children and adults with visual impairments and other disabilities.
Arriving in his wheelchair at the Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann Institute at 8:45 a.m. local time, he received a tour and was greeted by songs and a reception.
The Holy Father was not expected to give remarks, but spoke briefly from the heart, encouraging those present to walk “alongside the reality of the poor,” the sick, and the needy, because, he said, “this is pure Gospel.”
“Jesus came to take on reality as it is, and to bring it forward. It would have been easier to take ideas or ideologies and bring them forward, without taking into account reality. [But] this is the way of the Gospel, this is the way of Jesus,” he said.
The institute, named for a Catholic eye surgeon, is an outgrowth of the ministry of the late Sister Anna Fehér, a visually impaired religious sister known as “Mother Teresa of Hungary,” who died in 2021.
Pope Francis presents an image of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, to staff and residents of the Blessed László Batthyány-Strattmann Institute for children and adults with visual impairments and other disabilities on April 29, 2029, in Budapest, Hungary. Daniel Ibañez/CNA
At the end of the visit, the children and residents joined the pope in praying the Our Father, which they had learned in Latin. They also presented him with a handmade gift: a woven bag in the colors of the Argentinian flag and the Argentinian soccer team.
For his part, the pope left them with a statue of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.