Europe can only be saved if it “returns to the source of its real values: its Christian identity”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said at the opening of an international conference on persecuted Christians.
“Those we are helping now can give us the greatest help in saving Europe,” the prime minister said in his speech. “We are giving persecuted Christians what they need: homes, hospitals and schools, and we receive in return what Europe needs most: a Christian faith, love and perseverance.” “The Hungarian people and their government believe that Christian virtues provide peace and happiness to those who practise them,” Orbán said, noting that protecting Hungary’s constitutional identity and Christian culture was an obligation for each state agency under Hungary’s fundamental law. “This legacy obliges us to protect Christian communities persecuted across the world as far as we are able,” he said. The prime minister said Hungary was right to stand up for Christianity, arguing that “goodness inspires goodness” and Hungarians’ commitment to helping persecuted Christians “breeds courage”. “Our example can have a far reach,” he said. “Actions can free those who are crippled and restore faith in personal action.”