Hungary is a Christian state that is more than a thousand years old, and Hungarians take their attachment to their Christian heritage seriously, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in Mexico on Friday.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the Carlos Pellicer Museum and the Church of the Nativity of Jesus and the old monastery in Tepoztlán, which was partially renovated with Hungarian funds, Szijjártó stressed that the 10,000 kilometers between Hungary and Mexico is not a long enough distance for the Hungarian government not to have heard about the earthquake that hit Mexico in 2017, damaging churches.
“It was therefore clear that we wanted to help and we will help,” the minister said, adding that
we believe in the universality of Christianity and therefore we Christians are responsible for each other wherever we live in the world.”
“Today we are living in a time when Christianity, Christian values, and Christian people are under a lot of attacks,” Szijjártó said. In fact, Christians are being persecuted in many parts of the world, he warned.
The Hungarian government will continue its policy of providing assistance to Christian communities in difficulty around the world, the minister stressed.
So far, more than half a million Christians in fifty-four countries have been helped, and the renovation of this wonderful church sends out the message that if Christians anywhere in the world get into trouble, they can always count on Hungarians, he emphasized.
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