Two Syrian Orthodox church leaders have taken their Hungarian citizenship oaths at the consulate general in Erbil, the Human Resources Ministry Deputy State Secretary’s Office for helping persecuted Christians said.
Syrian Orthodox Bishop Mor Timothius Mousa A Shamani (left) and Metropolitan of Mosul and Environs Nicodemus Daud Matti Sharaf (right) – photo: theorthodoxchurch.info
The Metropolitan of Mosul and Environs Nicodemus Daud Matti Sharaf and Syrian Orthodox Bishop Mor Timothius Mousa A Shamani took their oaths on Thursday under a decision made by Hungarian President János Áder on June 12. After the ceremony, the Metropolitan expressed thanks to Hungary’s president, the government and the Hungarian people for their “kindness and solidarity”.
When terrorists of the Islamic State forced them to leave their homes, they felt abandoned. Hungary, granting citizenship and support to the Syrian Orthodox Church as well as scholarships to Christian youth mean much more than financial or technical help, he added.
via hungarymatters.hu and MTI