Let Jesus heal us of our self-absorption: Pope

Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, yesterday (CNS/Paul Haring)

Spending time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament can heal Christians from a self-absorbed religiosity that is ostentatious and triumphalist, Pope Francis said yesterday in Hungary. Source: CNS.

Presiding over the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress, the Pope urged people to make time for eucharistic adoration.

“Let us allow Jesus, the living bread, to heal us of our self-absorption, open our hearts to self-giving, liberate us from our rigidity and self-concern, free us from the paralysing slavery of defending our image, and inspire us to follow him wherever he would lead us,” he said.

Pope Francis also noted that it was the final papal flight aboard Alitalia, which will shutter operations in October after serving 75 years as Italy’s national airline.

Landing in Budapest for the start of his four-day trip to Hungary and Slovakia, the Pope was welcomed by Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén. He then made his way to the Museum of Fine Arts near the site of the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress.

The Vatican said Pope Francis met privately with Hungarian President János Áder, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Mr Semjén for roughly 40 minutes “in a cordial atmosphere.”

“Among the various topics discussed were the role of the Church in the country, the commitment to the protection of the environment, the protection and promotion of the family,” the Vatican said.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Mr Orbán, who views migration as a threat to Europe’s Christian identity, said, “I asked Pope Francis not to let Christian Hungary perish.”

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Eucharist heals from idolatry of ‘self,’ pope says at Mass in Budapest (By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS

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