The following apology appeared in pestistracok.hu, a pro-government online newspaper on the part of Petra László, the N1TV camera operator who achieved world notoriety overnight when video images of her kicking and tripping fleeing refugees in southern Hungary went viral.
His Holiness the Pope will say a prayer on Sunday at St. Peter’s Square for the 71 refugees found dead along the Austrian highway. The Pope has raised his for voice for the refugees many times. Earlier for example he made a comparison to the rejection of refugees to war, saying, “it is violent, it is murder”. In June, he addressed those who close their borders to refugees, calling on them to beg the Lord’s forgiveness. Last year, in his speech during a plenary session of the European Parliament, he called attention to the plight of the many Africans that perished while crossing the Mediterranean a tragedy, and said it was unacceptable that the Mediterranean has become a graveyard. His Holiness continues to follow the teachings of Jesus, in which the Savior sides with the welcoming traditions of the Jews, the tradition that encouraged the people of Israel to welcome to the Moabitess Ruth, the tradition that allowed for Ruth to become the grandmother of King David.
One of the things I miss about Budapest is the extraordinary range of classical music, opera, and ballet offered at magnificent venues ranging from the elegant National Opera to the decidedly modern Palace of the Performing Arts (MUPA) whose colorfully lit facade dances on the Danube at night.