Peace Main Theme of Budapest Meeting of Leaders of CEE Bishops’ Conferences

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Peace was the main theme of the two-day meeting of the leaders of the Bishops’ Conferences from Central and Eastern Europe that ended in Budapest on Tuesday, the press service of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (MKPK) told MTI.


Addressing the meeting, András Veres, the head of MKPK’s council, cited the Second Vatican Council’s message which says: “Peace is not the mere absence of war or the simple maintenance of a balance of power between forces, nor can it be imposed at the dictate of absolute power. It is called, rightly and properly, a work of justice.” In his address, Michael Wallace Banach, the apostolic nuncio, said the church is an institution that loves peace. He then asked the question: “what does the church do for peace?”, adding that “this is a question that must resonate in people’s hearts”. Gintaras Grusas, archbishop of Vilnius, asked everyone to pray for peace in Ukraine and in Europe. Cardinal Mario Grech also highlighted the importance of peace in his address. Participants on Monday evening attended a holy mass celebrated in the Saint Stephen’s Basilica by Cardinal Péter Erdő, the leader of the Hungarian Catholic Church. The meeting concluded with a reception hosted by Hungarian President Katalin Novák.


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