Hungary president's visit itinerary

PRESIDENT of Hungary Katalin Novak will spend three days in PNG, highlighted by a visit to Manus to honor a Hungarian missionary who dedicated more than a decade of her life to serve the people of Manus and lost her life in World War II.

Hungary president's visit itinerary
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PRESIDENT of Hungary Katalin Novak will spend three days in PNG, highlighted by a visit to Manus to honor a Hungarian missionary who dedicated more than a decade of her life to serve the people of Manus and lost her life in World War II.

She arrives in Port Moresby at 5pm this evening on a Hungarian Air Force aircraft, and will be given a 21-gun salute and received by PNG government and military officials.

Then she goes to Government House to pay a courtesy call on Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae before a state dinner hosted by Sir Bob and Acting Governor-General & Speaker Job Pomat.

Tomorrow (Thursday), Ms Novak and her entourage of 25 officials will fly to Manus and go by boat to Pitilu island, off the northern coast of the main island, where she will honor the work of Maria Molnar, a pioneer Hungarian missionary who spent 15 years evangelising and providing health care to the people of the islands.

Part of her engagements on Pitilu will involve the unveiling of a bell plaque to commemorate the work of Molnar and the connections of the people there with the Hungarian Reform Church.

She will also lay a wreath at the spot of the house where the Molnar lived. In less than 15 years, the missionary managed to convert the islanders Christianity, and had a deep connection with them.

She returns to Port Moresby on Friday for other bilateral and cultural engagements before departing for her country the same evening.

Read more in your Post-Courier tomorrow – Thursday, October 26, 2023.