Hungary would like to become a hub for the fight against the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, it has been announced.
Zoltán Balog, minister of Human Capacities, made the admission during an interview on the 180 minutes program on Kossuth Rádió on Thursday.
The minister revealed that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world. Two thirds of breaches, murders and attacks committed on religious grounds are carried out against Christians in the world today, he said.
"It is the shame of the 21st century that their physical annihilation has become a factual and realistic possibility," the minister added. He said apart from a few countries, Europe “is shutting its eyes to this” problem.
He said that Hungary has a moral obligation as well as a vested interest in helping persecuted Christians, for instance, through the construction of churches or with scholarship programs targeting young persecuted Christians.
The Hungarian government has set up an office for the Deputy State Secretary responsible for helping persecuted Christians within the system of state administration, which is “something unique”.
The minister added that an international consultation will be held in the autumn on the issue of the fight against the persecution of Christians, to which all interested parties will be invited from around the globe.