The secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Philippines has told a panel discussion attached to the 74th Session of United Nations General Assembly that the persecution and killing of Christians throughout the world is a “votive offering of the West” to ensure oil supplies.
Participants of the panel related that “80% of people killed because of their religious beliefs are Christian and the number of Christians hurt or displaced is on the rise.”
Hungary’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Szijjarto, stressed that “In global politics, the fact that Christians are being persecuted is being ignored,” and that the Hungarian government is “fighting against the perception that Christianophobia would be the last acceptable form of discrimination.”
Since 2017, Hungary has provided $40 million to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Szijjarto said direct aid has been given to Catholic bishops eager to help Christians stay in their homes and encourage others to return from exile elsewhere.
“The bishops ask us not to invite people to settle in Europe because that contributes to fulfilling the goal of terrorist organisations to eliminate the Christian community,” he said.
Hungarian funds have been used to rebuild 1,000 homes on the Ninevah Plain in Iraq and reconstruct 33 Christian churches in Lebanon, he added. Four schools are being built in Iraq and Syria, and Hungary is covering the medical expenses of the three largest Christian hospitals in Syria.
Szijjarto said more than 50,000 Christians have either returned home or been able to stay in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Ethiopia because of the Hungarian aid.
Ambassador Ghady El Khoury of Lebanon revealed that Christians now comprise just 5% of the population of the Middle East, down from almost 20% in the last century.