Hungary contributes to building church in Amman

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Hungarian State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians Tristan Azbej lays cornerstone for a church in Amman

Hungary contributes to building church in Amman

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org

The cornerstone of a Greek Catholic church was laid at a site near the Sports City in Amman on Wednesday, November 6, in the presence of Bishop Joseph Jbara, as well as senior and religious figures including Tristan Azbej, the State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and for the Hungary Helps Program at the Hungarian prime minister's office, in Hungary's capacity as one of the major contributors to the construction of the church.

Upon completion of the construction, the church will provide spiritual services to Christian families in several Amman quarters, namely Tabarbour, Dhahiyat Al-Rashid, Jabal Tareq, Queen Alia Hospital Area, the Sports City, 'Arjan and the areas close to the University of Jordan.

Hungarian State Secretary Tristan Azbej had earlier visited the Roman Catholic Melkite School in Husun, accompanied by Bishop Jbara, where he inaugurated the school laboratories which are supported by Hungary Helps Program.

WHAT IS THE 'HUNGARY'S HELPS PROGRAM'?

The Government of Hungary established the Hungary Helps Program through Government Decision 244/2017 (VIII. 28) in order to deliver Hungary’s assistance within a unified framework.

The Hungarian government set out two objectives for the State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, namely providing direct support for persecuted Christian communities as well as raising domestic, international political and public awareness of the phenomenon and increasing scale of Christian persecution in the 21st century.

In 2016, the Deputy State Secretariat began its work in several key areas in order to achieve these objectives. Contacts were established with the leaders of persecuted Churches in the Middle East and Africa for the purpose of gaining insight into their situation and launching humanitarian, developmental and aid projects that are most urgently needed by their communities.

In acknowledgement of its work, and of the commitment of the Hungarian Government towards persecuted Christians, in October 2018 the Deputy State Secretariat became the State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the Hungary Helps Program.

HUNGARY'S PRIME MINISTER, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR MIDDLE EAST CHRISTIANS

Hungary’s prime minster met on October 31, 2019 with Russian President Vladimir Putin. During the meeting the Russian leader praised Orban for organizing meetings with representatives of Christian communities from the Middle East, saying that Russia sees the protection of Christians in Syria and other conflict areas as a top priority.

“The Middle East is the cradle of Christianity, and Christians are in peril there, facing persecution, being killed, raped and robbed. Russia will do everything to protect Christians in the Middle East. We must help them restore and preserve their holy sites, preserve their congregations,” he said.

Speaking later at a meeting with Christian leaders from the Middle East, Putin said, “We are concerned with a massive exodus of Christians from the Middle East.”

“We are watching what’s happening to the Christians in the Middle East with tears in our eyes,” Putin said.

For his part, Prime Minister Orbán said he agreed with Putin that the exodus of Middle Eastern Christians should end. “This is also part of our policy that we call taking help to where it’s needed instead of bringing the trouble over here,” Orbán explained.

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 18:32
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