Fr. Ángel Fernández Ártime, General Superior of the Salesian Society of Don Bosco recently finished his four-day visit to the smallest province of the order – Hungary. During his visit, he met with his confreres, lay co-workers, the Salesian Youth Movement, teachers and some political leaders of the country.
Lutheran Bishop Amos Elisha Gaya visited Hungary as part of a Leadership Exchange programme organised by the Lutheran World Federation, with the goal of ”exchanging knowledge and sharing the way faith is expressed.” His visit followed the recent visit of Hungarian Lutheran Bishop Tamás Fabinyi to Nigeria. In our interview, we asked him about his experience, about Boko Haram and the sufferings that Christians have to endure in Nigeria.
Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need UK, witnessed Egypt’s flourishing faith. He said that “despite challenges, oppression and the ever-present threat of attacks, Egypt’s Christians have a vibrant faith”. He walked through the burnt out rubble of St George’s Coptic Catholic Cathedral, Luxor which a mysterious fire completely destroyed, yet, “despite the devastation, more than 1,000 people pack into the hall and dusty courtyard every Sunday to celebrate the ancient Coptic Liturgy”.
“My name is Armin and my Christian name is Paul. I am an Iranian person and I need your help!”
This was the first line of a shocking message S4C received from an Iranian man who suffers greatly because of his Christian faith. He wrote to us through social media and after we exchanged several messages with him and the people who helped him to convert to Christianity we decided to publish his story. We have edited his messages, changed his name and altered some elements of the story so that he cannot be identified as he is in danger of being arrested, imprisoned and tortured for his Christian faith. Here is Armin Paul’s message to S4C, and the world.
The United Nations should have taken action on the situation in Nigeria – yet they still remain silent. Both the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Nigeria and leading Christian organisations demanded that the President take action and asked the international community to defend Christians that are under constant attacks by the Fulani herdsmen. But there has been no answer, no statement, no action taken.
The Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó participated at the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, held last week in Washington DC. In his remarks on Thursday, he said it was very “important to represent Hungary at this conference” mentioning that he was “representing a country that has been actively involved in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.” He went on to say that “Hungary has two hundred troops on the ground and is currently tasked with advising and assisting in a training mission, and in giving aid to the local Christian communities.”
US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo hosted the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, the first-ever Ministerial to advance religious freedom around the world. This event focused on concrete outcomes that reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change.
This photo was taken from a short video sent by the Hungarian Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria to S4C. The following text was included with the clip: “Fulanis drove their motorbikes down the road not far from Abuja (where the Hungarian Embassy is located- editor’s note) and slaughtered Yoruba and Igbo Christians. This video was taken by one of the assassins.”