Pierbattista Pizzaballa's Visit to Hungary: Standing Together with the Holy Land's Persecuted Christians

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán hosted Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, to discuss supporting Christians in troubled areas. The meeting focused on the importance of preventing the erosion of Christian communities due to ongoing conflicts and Hungary’s commitment to international solidarity with our Christian brethren.

In his discussion with the patriarch, Prime Minister Orbán delved into the challenges faced by the region and emphasized the pressing need to aid Christians in the Holy Land, stating that "we must avoid the conflicts and hostilities leading to the disappearance of Christian communities.”

Pizzaballa highlighted the humanitarian crisis, noting, "100 days ago, almost a little more than 100 days ago, the Gaza conflict broke out, where they suffer together with other religious communities living in these countries." He emphasized the solidarity inherent in his mission, saying that "our mission is not only to help the Christians of the Holy Land but to care for all people suffering in the conflict, regardless of their religion."

This conversation was further expanded on the public M1 TV channel by State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians Tristan Azbej, who spoke about the challenging situation in the Middle East. "Christianity started in the Middle East. Today, however, Christians form a small minority, with Lebanon being an exception," he said.

The Hungary Helps program, known for its balanced approach, combines immediate relief with spiritual support, State Secretary Azbej explained. "Our new partnership with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is a model of this balance. Following Prime Minister Orbán's directive, we've allocated a $400,000 rapid aid package to assist people in Gaza and the West Bank," he added.

State Secretary Azbej also touched on the broader mission of preserving the Christian presence in the Holy Land, emphasizing, "Our goal is to maintain the community’s presence. These are deeply faithful people who boldly practice their beliefs, even in the face of danger."

The situation in the Sahel region was also discussed, with State Secretary Azbej outlining Hungary's proactive approach: "We aim to deliver aid directly to the crisis areas rather than relocating affected individuals to Europe. Each situation is assessed on the ground to determine whether immediate relief or long-term developmental support is needed."

As State Secretary Azbej aptly put it, "This reflects our collective humanity and our resolve to effect meaningful change globally" by exporting a message of unity, compassion, and unwavering support for distressed communities.