Hungary creates first-ever office to address Christian persecution


( Hungary will establish the first government office to address Christian persecution in the Middle East and Europe, the Catholic News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Although the exact mission has not been clarified yet, the new office has been allocated a budget of more than $3.35 million. Tamás Török, Hungary’s former deputy ambassador to Italy, will oversee the office.

The Hungarian flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Zoltán Balog, the Hungarian Minister for Human Capacities, explained the importance of establishing the department.

“Today, Christianity has become the most persecuted religion, where out of five people killed for religious reasons, four of them are Christians,” Balog told Catholic News Agency.
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban decided to “take action” against Christian persecution when the two met in August with Catholic leaders from the Middle East in Rome to discuss the threat to Christian communities, he said.

“This is where we decided that there needs to be an efficiently operating deputy state secretariat with the government’s authorization to combat every form of Christian persecution,” Balog added.

Hungary has other initiatives to assist persecuted Christians, he said, including government funding designated for education costs for children in the Middle East.

Posted on September 13, 2016 .