Metropolitan Hilarion’s Budapest visit: a common ground of protecting and supporting Christianity
Metropolitan Hilarion, who is in charge of external church relations at the Patriarchate of Moscow, took part in a Christian conference and held talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Budapest on Friday. Some of the topics discussed included the persecution of Christians, cooperation between the Eastern and Western Orthodox Churches and the Russian Orthodox Church’s work in Hungary.
Russian Bishop Metropolitan Hilarion, who is in charge of external church relations at the Patriarchate of Moscow, visited Hungary on Friday where he gave a lecture at the Budapest Conference of Christian Journalists and Communicators and had talks with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
They discussed the planned visit of Patriarch Kirill, the Orthodox Church leader, to Hungary, as well as the Russian Church Cultural Days event to be held in Hungary in November and December. Mr Orbán praised Metropolitan Hilarion for
“defending at the most prestigious international forums the victims of modern-time persecution of Christians and for pointing out the dangers of losing Christian roots.”
Metropolitan Hilarion thanked Viktor Orbán for the ongoing and planned renovation of Orthodox churches in Hungary. Friday’s meeting explored the possibilities for future cooperation to save and strengthen persecuted Christian communities, the Prime minister’s press chief Bertalan Havasi said.
After the meeting, Zsolt Semjén, Hungary’s deputy prime minister in charge of religious affairs, presented Metropolitan Hilarion the Hungarian Republic’s Order of Merit, Middle Cross with the Star. Hilarion received the high state honour in recognition of his diplomatic work and commitment towards developing international cooperation among Christian communities, as well as for defending Hungary’s policy of protecting and supporting Christianity.
Source: MTI, dailynewshungary.com