House Speaker László Kövér said cooperation between the state and the church in Hungary is not only reflected in statistics but is apparent in everyday life.
According to MTI, Kövér addressed the inauguration and consecration of the Saint Pio community house of St Peter and Paul Parish in Páka after its expansion. He noted that churches in Hungary have received 1,267.5 billion forints (EUR 3.1bn) worth of support in the past 12 years, 814.5 billion of which has been allocated to the Catholic Church. During the same period, more than 3,000 mostly Catholic churches have been revamped and another 200 built with over 216 billion forints of Hungarian state support in the country and in regions with a large Hungarian population in the Carpathian Basin, Kövér said. “It is the family, religious and national community that can provide the strongest spiritual and material security for its members,” the speaker said. “This is the concept that has defined the Hungarian state’s family policy, church policy and policy towards the nation since 2010.” Kövér said “people need the service of churches”, noting that the number of students in church-run public and vocal education had doubled to 240,000 since 2010. Péter Cseresnyés, a lawmaker for the region, said Páka had received 16 million forints from the Hungarian Village central development programme for the refurbishment of it community centre.
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