The heads of mission of 25 countries to Hungary marked the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence at a reception held at Budapest’s Sziget Festival on Friday.
The Hungarian Government regards “succeeding in the homeland” as an optimal goal, said Tristan Azbej on Friday to “Hetek” one of the online portals in Hungary this week. According to the Deputy State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, the United States government has abandoned the harmful and inhumane custom of concealing the suffering of some communities in the world — which is still a characteristic feature of international diplomacy. He explained that we must strive hard to ensure that everyone has the freedom to exercise their faith.
Hungary has a budget dedicated to helping Christian minorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, they are funding a project to help rebuild thirty-three historic churches, all of which are hundreds of years old. Renovation works started two months ago; the churches will be ready to receive pilgrims by 2020
The Hungarian Lutheran Bishop Tamás Fabiny visited the Middle East and Africa to meet communities of persecuted Christians. In an interview with ECHO TV, a Hungarian television channel, he said: “In Iraq, we discovered the ancient roots of Christianity.” He stressed how it is extremely important to help Christian communities in their own country so that they do not have to flee their ancestors’ land. Together with the Hungarian ecumenical agency, ‘Interchurch Aid,’ Bishop Tamás presented a donation from Hungarian Lutherans to the Iraqi people in need.
Hungary’s prime minister said he would work to fight anti-Semitism during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In his first visit to Israel as prime minister, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban pledged last Thursday that his country has a “zero tolerance” policy toward anti-Semitism.
“Over 75 thousand families, meaning at least 300 thousand people, have been able to move into a better and more appealing home thanks to the home creation programme (CSOK)”, the Ministry of Human Capacities’ Minister of State for Family and Youth Affairs Katalin Novák said on Hungarian M1 television’s Monday morning current affairs program.