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.
Last Friday was the first time we had the opportunity to commemorate the Day of Remembrance of Survivors of Religious Persecution. S4C, as the leading Hungarian news service on the persecution of Christians, welcomed the establishment of the remembrance day and was the first to announce it to the public in Hungary. On the 3rd of August, the members of the editorial team reaffirmed their commitment to our persecuted Christian brethren.
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.
In June of this year, the Minister of State for International Affairs of the Ministry of Human Capacities, Dr Orsolya Pacsay-Tomassich and the Deputy State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, Tristan Azbej held discussions with the Minister for Humanitarian Aid Programmes Beata Kempa from the Polish Prime Minister’s Office.
Although most media coverage last weekend was given over to a rather different kind of parade, the greatest event was undoubtedly the traditional celebration called the “The Day of a thousand Szekler Girls” held on the central square of Csíkszereda, which was once a mainly Hungarian populated town in Transylvania, Western Romania.
Tristan Azbej, the Deputy State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians of the Prime Minister’s Office, held discussions in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the visit, held from the 19th – 24th June, was to coordinate the activities of both the Hungarian and American governments, aimed at the protection of the interests of persecuted Christians and the safeguarding of religious freedom. Another goal of the discussions was to share the experiences of the “Hungary Helps” humanitarian programme.
Parliament debated the Central Budget of Hungary for 2019 on Thursday. It was noted during the debate that next year, Hungary would continue to play an active role in aiding persecuted Christians.
In the debate, Zoltán Demeter (Fidesz – the main Government party of Hungary) pointed out that the 2019 budget provides for continued economic growth. This will further reduce tax burdens on families and businesses and work-related taxes.