Several landmarks in Budapest are being lit up in red on Wednesday in order to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians around the world, Azbej Tristan, the state secretary for assisting persecuted Christians told public broadcaster M1.

The initiative dubbed “Red Wednesday” is about commemorating persecuted Christians around the world, including the dozens of people killed each day for their Christian faith, and to raise awareness of the issue, he said.

Whenever Christians are killed because of their faith, it often leaves the public cold, he said. This is why the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) international initiative is so important, he added.

Among the landmarks being lit up are Elizabeth Bridge, the statue of St. Gellért, the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Orthodox Cathedral of the Mother of God, the Reformed Church in Szilágyi Dezső Square and the Lutheran Church of Budavár.

The state secretary noted that around 3,000 Christians are killed each year because of their faith.

“Christianity is currently the most persecuted religion in the world,”

Azbej insisted.

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Source: MTI

5 comments
  1. China is the biggest persecutor of Christians as far as I know. I wonder what the Hungarian Government’s position on that is.

  2. China is the biggest persecutor of Christians as far as I know. I wonder what the Hungarian Government’s position on China’s record is.

  3. How about lighting up all Hungary to highlight that Orbán’s illiberal regime is persecuting and destroying freedom and democracy?
    It is typical of dictatorships to call attention to minor issues and to non issues allegedly happening elsewhere while doing far worse things at home.

  4. Perhaps remarking or pointing out any persecution based on religious faith would be more appropriate for a country such as Hungary. Such an identification with Christianity alone seems to ignore that there was religious persecution of the the so-called pagan religion of the conquering Hungarians at the time when Christianity forced out, by the sword, if persuasion did not suffice, during the rule of St. Stephen of Hungary, who did this to align the people with Rome, the greatest power in Europe. Most would agree that this had been a necessary step at the time to ensure survival in the European world. Other instances of pagan resistance occurred and some of what must have been valuable members of the society must have been lost. Hence, this exclusive focus on Christianity seems a bit out of the current worldview, or it should be.

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