In a country where the only way to show public disapproval of the Communist regime is to go to church, Catholics are staging a silent but enormous protest.
Not only on Sundays but also on week days huge crowds flock to various services.
On the Pope's birthday an hour of prayer and adoration was observed in more than 5,000 churches and chapels in Hungary at the request of the Hierarchy.
Millions pray for protection of His Holiness.
Catholic Action quietly organised a three-day Eucharistic festival in the 800-year-old parish church of St. Joseph in Budapest. It ended with all-night adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Hungarian Franciscans have held three-day services for peace in all their churches.