Advent Meditation – Budapest

On December 14, 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended an advent meditation held in Budapest for the holders of scholarships from the State Secretariat for the aid of persecuted Christians.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar in the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus.
The event was attended by His Excellency Mr. Tristan Azbej, State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, and His Excellency former Minister of Human Capacities Mr. Zoltan Balog.
His Excellency Minister Azbej spoke about the importance of helping Christians in the Middle East. He also commended the huge efforts of His Holiness to support all Christians and all those affected by the crises in the Middle East.
His Holiness spoke about the role of education in promoting humanity, emphasizing that the support of the government of Hungary in educating young Christians is very important for the reconstruction of our countries. He expressed his happiness to meet the students who have received scholarships from the Hungarian government.
He hoped for the continuation of the cooperation with the Hungarian people and government in support of all the persecuted Christians in the world.
The students present at the meditation recited hymns from different traditions and in various languages.

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