BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai departed from the Hungarian capital of Budapest Thursday after meeting with Hungarian clergymen, officials and diplomats and visiting a number of historic churches in the Central European country. Rai will be heading to the Vatican to take part in the gathering of 13th Synod of the Bishops that will take place between Oct. 7 and 22. Among the churches Rai visited during his stay in Hungary was the historic Matthias Church built in the 11th century and named after Hungarian King Matthias. In Budapest, Jordanian Consul hosted Rai for a lunch that was attended by the delegation accompanying Rai and Lebanon’s ambassador to Budapest Charbel Estfan and the representative of Hungary’s Foreign Ministry. “The discussion will be centered on how the church portrays the Bible in times of great economic, cultural, social and political transformations,” Rai said about next week’s bishops meeting in the Vatican. The meeting comes less than a month after Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Beirut during which he signed the Apostolic Exhortation of the Middle East.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on October 05, 2012, on page 4.