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Nov 14, 2019

Deputy PM highlights importance of protecting Christians abroad

In recent years, the Hungarian government has provided considerable support for threatened Christian communities through the Hungary Helps program which was launched in 2016.

Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén received Francesco Patton, Custos of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land at his office in Budapest on Wednesday to discuss the importance of protecting Christians abroad.

According to government sources, the Custos provided an overview of the current situation of Christians in the Middle East, and introduced the mission of Franciscans caring for the sacred shrines of the Holy Land with a view to preserving Christian communities and providing spiritual assistance.

Patton recalled that the history of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land dates back to the 13th century. The organization’s mission is to look after and preserve the most sacred places of the presence of Jesus on behalf of the Roman Catholic Church.

Deputy PM Semjén highlighted that Hungary is helping Christian institutions in the Holy Land recommended for support by the Custody, with the development of a school and parish complex in Cana of Galilee, and with creating an exhibition presenting Christian aspects of the Holy Land.

The Deputy PM stressed that Hungary regards the survival of Christian communities in the Middle East as important. In recent years, the Hungarian government has provided considerable support for threatened Christian communities through the Hungary Helps program which was launched in 2016.

The meeting was also attended by Franciscan Provincial Márton Benedek Dobszay, Jakab Várnai, Rector of the Sapientia College of Theology of Religious Orders, and Tristan Azbej, Minister of State for Helping Persecuted Christians and the Implementation of the Hungary Helps programs.

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