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Hungary is calling for more support for persecuted Christians

by Alex Collett

Tristan Azbej, Hungary's State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and the Hungary Helps Program, has expressed he doesn't think other countries are doing enough to help persecuted Christians. 

He says Hungary has supported hundreds of thousands of persecuted Christians worldwide.

His concern is about the "disinterest and denial" Hungary encountered earlier when seeking cooperation with other countries.

Mr Azbej voiced his concern whilst speaking after briefing representatives of the Visegrád Group: Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.

Within the conference, the state secretary said that in Slovakia's capital Bratislava, he has spent six-years working to expand the Hungary Helps program to persecuted Christians in more than 50 countries.

Mr Azbej has recently met Pope Francis and praised him for supporting Hungary's program helping persecuted Christians, including those in Iraq.

According to Vatican News the state secretary also told the Pontiff that he was thankful for organisations that had made a difference in Iraq.

He said to the Pontiff: "Holy Father, if it weren't for some Catholic charity organizations and the Hungarian government who came to assist us in 2016, then there would be no Christian presence in Iraq."

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