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The Vatican knows it can count on Hungary when it comes to helping Christian communities in need, Foreign Minister P茅ter Szijj谩rt贸 said after meeting Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, his Holy See counterpart, in Vatican City on Thursday.

Speaking to MTI, Szijj谩rt贸 said his talks with Gallagher focused on combatting “rising anti-Christian sentiment in the world”.

“Hungary has a thousand years of Christian statehood behind it, so we cannot allow the attacks against Christianity which flare up every now and again to achieve victory over Christian values,” Szijj谩rt贸 said.

The minister said he and Gallagher were in agreement that Christianity today “is under attack from all sides”, which he said manifested in physical assaults and political, ideology-based attacks.

“We’ve also been targeted from where we wouldn’t have expected to be, meaning western Europe, where Christian values are being questioned, and many want to do away with Europe’s Christian identity, roots and traditions,” he added.

Szijj谩rt贸 said Christianity was the most persecuted religion in the world, with more than 250 million Christians facing violence and persecution every day for their faith. Some 10,000 churches and Christian buildings have been attacked or vandalised in recent years, he added.

Hungary’s government remains committed to supporting Christian communities in need, the minister said. In his talks, Szijj谩rt贸 said he briefed Gallagher on the emergency aid Hungary provided to Lebanon’s Manorite Church after last month’s Beirut port blast, the support Hungary provides to persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East, and the government’s grant scheme for Christian students who experienced discrimination in their home countries.

Szijj谩rt贸 described cooperation between Hungary and the Catholic Church as “excellent”, noting the government’s support for the renovation of Catholic churches.

“Some 3,000 Christian churches have been built or renovated over a ten-year period in Hungary and parts of the Carpathian Basin populated by ethnic Hungarians, and the number of church-run schools has doubled,” he said.

Szijj谩rt贸 said that if the situation regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic allowed, Hungary was prepared to host the International Eucharistic Congress next September after having had to cancel it this year because of the pandemic. “Hungary will be a good host of the meeting.”

Szijj谩rt贸 also reacted to comments by Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese, who this week urged the mandatory redistribution of migrants across the European Union and proposed that member states refusing to take part in such a scheme should be denied coronavirus relief funding.

“We’re used to seeing liberal and left-wing parties constantly blackmail central Europeans, especially patriotic governments,” Szijj谩rt贸 said. “They’re threatening to cut European funding to us if we don’t give up our strict migration policy, but we won’t.”

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The government will continue to resist and protect Hungary and Europe from illegal immigration, Szijj谩rt贸 said. “We’re entitled to European funds; they aren’t handouts,” he said. “Hungary fulfils all its EU obligations and under the European Treaties; these funds are our money, too. We won’t give in to any form of blackmail.”

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Source: MTI

4 comments
  1. What planet is Szijj谩rto on? Or is his maths really that bad? He says of EU funding to Hungary 鈥榯hey aren鈥檛 handouts….these funds are our money too鈥. Well, in 2019 Hungary contributed 1,160 bn Huf but received 6,666 bn Huf, the latter figure increased to 9,540 bn Huf for 2020. So, taking the earlier 2019 figures, Hungary received 5,506 bn Huf that was OTHER COUNTRY鈥橲 TAXPAYERS MONEY. The Hungarian government meanwhile wastes money on totally unnecessary football and athletics stadia an a raikway line to nowhere. Hungary, along with Poland are leeches, sucking the blood out of the EU.

  2. Thetruthsucksforsome;
    Sure but East Germany wasn’t a leech?? Really?? And today East Germany is paying into the fund like the more well off richer states that weren’t put the the communist/socialist strangle hold. How about reading a bit of history before setting your sights on the stars. Come back to planet Earth.

  3. Vatican? Unbelievable how fast that yacht moves…. I wonder if on his way from the Adriatic to the Tirrenian hard-working sailor Szijjarto spotted bodies of “persecuted Christians” floating between Africa and Europe. Next time he may want to sail a bit further East, see how many more persecuted Christians between Middle East and Greece….

  4. #Vedo: since 1990 there has not been a country called East Germany. 鈥楨ast Germany鈥 is not an individual member of the EU 27. Thus your point is invalid.

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