At 6:10 a.m. on September 12, 2021, a flight with the pope on board, together with, his entourage and 78 accredited journalists, took off from Fiumicino airport for Budapest, where it landed around 7:45 a.m. Thus began the 34th apostolic journey of Pope Francis.
The reason for the stop in the Hungarian capital was the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, which took place on September 5-12. Originally planned for September 2020, the normal four years after the previous Congress in the Philippines, it had been postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.
The motto of the event was taken from Psalm 87: “All my springs are in you.” The logo shows that from the Eucharistic signs of the bread and the chalice a spring of water gushes forth and flows in waves that allude to the River Danube.
This was not the first time Budapest had hosted an International Eucharistic Congress, the previous being the 34th in 1938. The context of that time was quite different, naturally, as the world was sensing the approach of the Second World War.