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Sep 30, 2019

FM: 80 percent of people killed in the world because of their faith are Christian

The Foreign Minister said Hungary is proud of its Christian history of more than a thousand years, adding that the country has a government that truly represents Christian Democratic values.

The Foreign Minister has said Hungary, as a true Christian nation, is committed to supporting all Christian communities that are being persecuted in the world.

Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, attended a conference in New York addressing the issue of persecuted Christian communities, their future and the rebuilding of their homes which was organized by Hungary on the sidelines of the UN’s General Assembly session.

During his speech, the Minister said some 80 percent of people killed in the world because of their faith are Christian. But the international community barely acknowledges that Christianity is the most persecuted religion, he added. “This hypocrisy must be eliminated,” Minister Szijjártó said.

The Minister said Hungary is proud of its Christian history of more than a thousand years, adding that the country has a government that truly represents Christian Democratic values.

Minister Szijjártó noted that under the government’s Hungary Helps humanitarian aid program 40 million dollars had already been spent on supporting persecuted Christians.

The Minister said the Hungary Helps scheme has so far helped 50,000 people to stay at, or return to, their homeland. It has also supported rebuilding 1,000 homes in Iraq and the renovation of a church. In addition, Hungary has participated in the reconstruction of hospitals in Syria and the refurbishment of churches and schools in Lebanon. 

The Minister also announced that Budapest will host a high-level conference focusing on persecuted Christian communities in November.

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