ROME — The meeting Sunday between Pope Francis and Hungarian government ministers went far more smoothly than reported, the Sismografo revealed Monday.
Despite mainstream media attempts to stress differences between the pope and Hungarian premier Viktor Orbán, Sunday’s meeting in Budapest went off without a hitch and focused on issues of shared concern.
The climate of the conversation, which included small delegations from the Hungarian government and the Vatican’s Secretariat of State, proved to be “sincere, easy, and direct,” the Sismografo reported, and there was “no moment of tension or awkward silences.”
“Everyone, especially the Pope, was happy, participatory and attentive,” the report stated, and “there were also a number of humorous exchanges.”
In its brief communiqué, the Vatican Press Office described the 35-minute meeting as “cordial” and mentioned only three issues discussed: “the role of the Church in the Country, the commitment to the protection of the environment, the protection and promotion of the family.”
Significantly, among the relevant issues, “there were neither the topic of migration nor that of welcoming refugees,” the Sismografo noted.
Moreover, the pope seemed to show appreciation for Hungary’s hardline stance against gender indoctrination and same-sex marriage.
“At one point, when the Hungarian side touched on the LGBTQ+ issue in the context of the family, the Holy Father reacted with these exact words: ‘The family: father, mother and children,’” the Sismografo declared.