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The persecution of Christians must be stopped both in Europe and across the entire world, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said in a video on Facebook on Monday.

Addressing an online conference organised by the International Religious Freedom Alliance, Szijjártó said the world had a greater need for Christianity’s role in building communities than ever before.

Unfortunately Christianity is still the most persecuted religion on Earth and we should not forget about that, not even under these challenging circumstances we are experiencing now”

Citing the latest official statistics, the minister said some 260 million Christians faced persecution in the world today and 3,000 had been killed this year. This, he said, meant that eight Christians were killed daily on average. He added that 9,500 attacks had been carried out against Christian churches or facilities this year.

Szijjártó: Wake up Europe! Extremist, anti-Christian Ideologies Starting to Break Loose
Szijjártó: Wake up Europe! Extremist, anti-Christian Ideologies Starting to Break Loose

Extremist, anti-Christian ideologies, groups and persons that aim to destroy traditional European values and ways of life are starting to break loose, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Thursday. In a Facebook entry starting as “Wake up Europe! The beheading of a teacher, murder in a church, the desecration of the Holy Father’s statue. What […]Continue reading

“And we Europeans do have to be aware that this is not just a remote phenomenon,” he said. “This phenomenon has been here in Europe now,” Szijjártó added, noting the recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria and the vandalisation of statues of Pope John Paul II in Poland.

Szijjártó expressed his solidarity with the Polish government and Poland’s Catholic Church, saying that the “extremist attacks” against Christian communities must be stopped.

Szijjártó: Hungary Stands by Austria after Terrorist Attack, Europe Should 'Sound the Alarm'
Szijjártó: Hungary Stands by Austria after Terrorist Attack, Europe Should 'Sound the Alarm'

Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó on Tuesday expressed solidarity with Austria in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Vienna on Monday, and said that Europe should “sound the alarm” and stand together in the face of the “appalling wave of terrorism” threatening it. In a Facebook post published after a series of shootings killed at […]Continue reading

“This is a common responsibility of ours that we do have to push back these extreme anti-Christian movements,” he said.

Szijjártó also said that measures enacted against the coronavirus pandemic should not limit the right of Christian communities to practise their faith.

Govt official urges greater intl efforts to aid persecuted Christians

The number of Christians facing persecution for their faith is on the rise worldwide and the international community “must hear their cry for help”, Hungary’s state secretary in charge of aiding persecuted Christians told an international conference on Monday.

The international community must not forget about those for whom “coronavirus seems like the lesser evil” compared with an existential crisis they are forced to face every day, Tristan Azbej told an online conference organised by International Christian Concern, a Washington-based rights group.

The number of Christians facing persecution around the world has risen from 245 million to 260 million over the past year, Azbej said, adding that close to 3,000 Christians had been murdered and 3,700 arrested for their beliefs during this period. Also, nearly one hundred places of worship have been attacked, he added.

Christianity and Christmas 'under Attack Worldwide', says Gov't Official
Christianity and Christmas 'under Attack Worldwide', says Gov't Official

Christianity and Christmas “are under attack worldwide” but the Hungarian government is committed to protecting Christian culture, the state secretary responsible for aid to persecuted Christians said on Monday. Counting the Orthodox community, there are about one billion Christians in the world, Tristan Azbej told journalists in Budapest. Christians face persecution in many countries to […]Continue reading

Around one-third of the world’s population faces some form of persecution over their religious beliefs, with Christians being the most persecuted community, the state secretary said.

Their situation has now also been made worse by the pandemic, Azbej said. He said that rather than encouraging persecuted communities to leave their homelands, help should be taken where the problems arise.

In the featured photo illustration: FM Péter Szijjártó. Photo by Sztojcsev Mitko/Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade