News from EuropeNews from Hungary

Tristan Azbej: Pope Francis praised Hungary for supporting persecuted Christians

Pope Francis, Tristan Azbej

Pope Francis thanked Hungary for providing vital support to persecuted Christians - announced the State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the Hungary Helps Programme on his social media site.

” I would like to thank you for your direct support of Christians worldwide, especially those who are suffering terrible ordeals in Syria and Lebanon” Pope Francis commended Hungary during his apostolic visitation at the Carmelite monastery.

Tristan Azbej accentuated that the Hungary Helps Programme had provided vital funds to around one million persecuted people in more than 50 countries worldwide. The Programme also ensured that mistreated Christians could stay in their homeland during a humanitarian crisis. The Hungarian government provided emergency humanitarian aid, set up scholarship programmes and aided the reconstruction of Christian homes, churches and institutions. The Holy Father placed emphasis on two countries: a war-torn Syria that has also been devastated by earthquakes and anti-Christian persecution; and Lebanon, struggling with migration, the economic crisis and the consequences of the 2020 Beirut port explosion. 

The majority of these funds are aimed to improve the day-to-day lives of Syrian and Lebanese Christians and to protect their heritage – Péter Szijjártó, the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs announced in his statement this April. 

Tristan Azbej listed the subsidies as follows:

In Lebanon: 

  • Rehabilitation of the Zahrat El Ihsan school and orphanage 
  • Development of the National Reformed Synod’s energy support systems
  • Renovation of  Mar Gerges, Mar Youhanna and Challita sanctuaries 
  • Undertaking of the Mseilha Pilgrimage Route heritage protection and development project

In Syria: 

  • Supporting three churches with their humanitarian aid programmes following the earthquake
  • Developing rehabilitation programmes and social services that help Syrian refugees return home
  • Microfinance options for Christian family businesses
  • Funding Armenian Reformed Christian institutes  
  • Conservation of the Krak des Chevalier crusader castle 



Leave a reply