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  • 22 July 2016

    Several dozen young people took part in a send-off party in the Polish Institute in Budapest on Thursday, organized for people about to leave for the World Youth Day (WYD) event in Poland. The participants watched films about Poland and received travel kits from the Institute and the Polish Embassy.

    Those attending the event – including representatives of Polish diaspora organizations in Hungary as well as Father George Bese, a WYD trip co-ordinator for students attending St. Benedict catholic schools, were addressed by the Polish Ambassador Roman Kowalski before being shown an animated film about the history of Poland as well other films promoting Poland that were produced specially for WYD.


    The Polish Institute prepared food for the pilgrims and gave each attendee a travel kit. “In their package they will receive a little booklet published in Polish and Hungarian about the history of Polish-Hungarian friendship, a flask bearing the logo of our diplomatic missions as well as traditional Polish fudge,” the Polish ambassador told PAP.


    “The meeting with the Holy Father always sparks a lot of enthusiasm, gives a sense of unity, inner strength and hope for the future,” said Father Krzysztof Grzelak, the rector at the Polish parish in Budapest.


    He said that over a dozen people from his parish, which was established 25 years ago, will travel to Poland for World Youth Day. According to Miklos Gabor, the director of the Youth Conference Committee of the Hungarian Episcopate, in total 3,200 Hungarians from Hungary in addition to 500 from neighbouring countries will take part in the World Youth Day events.


    “We regard these several thousand young Hungarians who are going to Poland as a serious investment in the future of our friendship and Polish-Hungarian relations,” the ambassador said.



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