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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán handed over Kádár’s villa to Christians

Christians from the Middle East will move into the former villa of János Kádár, Hungarian media reported. Kádár, former secretary general of the Central Committee of the Hungarian Socialist Workers' Party, ruled in Hungary from 1956 to 1988.


On Wednesday morning Ignatius Ephrem II – Patriarch of Antioch and head of the Syrian Orthodox Church – received the keys to the former villa of János Kádár from the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán according to

During the meeting which was attended by, among others, Archbishops from Damascus and Mosul, the patriarch thanked Mr Orbán for the help shown by the Hungarian authorities to persecuted Christians from the Middle East.

The “Magyar Hirlap” daily notes that the government in Budapest has been providing necessary assistance to Christian communities in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon under the “Hungary Helps” programme for the fourth year in a row.

More than half a million people, including many children, have lost their lives since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011, and half of the country’s pre-war population have had to flee their homes.



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