Cardinal Péter Erdő, head of the Hungarian Catholic Church, inaugurated a chapel at the Prime Minister’s Office’s state secretariat in charge of assistance for persecuted Christian communities. At the inauguration ceremony, Erdő said that the new chapel was “some space taken from the profane for prayer and worship” and called for compassion for all those who are “oppressed, slandered, or persecuted because of their faith”.
State secretary Tristan Azbej told MTI after the inauguration service that the Catholic chapel was the first of its kind on the premises of a ministry. He called it an “ecumenical sacral space” in which Orthodox or Protestant services could also be held. He added that the new chapel has received a number of objects of liturgy and relics, including the relics of Saint Charbel and Ignatius Maloyan, from persecuted Christian communities across the world.