On December 13, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended the evening prayer at the Greek Catholic church in Budapest.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
In his spiritual message, His Holiness spoke about martyrdom and the persecution of Christians, especially in the cradle of Christianity. He also spoke about the true message of Christmas, which is love and mercy, indicating that the incarnation of our Lord is a message of peace for humanity.
At the end of his message, His Holiness thanked the churches in Hungary for their support for the suffering people in Syria and Iraq.
At the conclusion of the prayer, His Holiness presented His Excellency Metropolitan Fulop Kocsis with a cross as a token of appreciation for his efforts in helping the suffering Christians in the Middle East.