A statue of St. Pope John Paul II was inaugurated in front of the St. Anne's Cathedral in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, on Wednesday, marking the 30th anniversary of the late pontiff's visit to the city.
Speaking after the inauguration, Miklos Soltesz, the state secretary for church and ethnic relations of the Prime Minister’s Office, underscored the ecclesiastical significance of Pope John Paul II’s 1991 visit to Debrecen.
Soltesz noted that John Paul II had urged denominational reconciliation in his speech in the Reformed Great Church of Debrecen and by laying a wreath at a memorial to Protestant galley slaves. The state secretary attributed what he called an “excellent relationship” between Debrecen’s Reformed, Roman Catholic and Greek Catholic churches to John Paul II’s visit.
The full-figure statue of St. Pope John Paul II was sculpted by Jeno Kovacs.