We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.—St. Francis of Assisi.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hungary helping persecuted Christians

—from the pen of Edward Pentin.
Hungarian Government Creates New Department for Persecuted Christians
Also pledges 3 million euros to help persecuted Christians worldwide.
BY EDWARD PENTIN 09/06/2016
The Hungarian government has set up a special government department for persecuted Christians and given 3 million euros ($3.35m) to help Christians facing violence and oppression around the world.
The news comes after Hungary’s Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, met Pope Francis and Middle Eastern patriarchs in Rome at the end of August.
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Already one million euros has been freed up for the new department which will monitor, analyse and obtain information on the situation facing persecuted Christians. It will also fund high level government delegations to visit troublespots.
Eduard von Habsburg, Hungary’s ambassador to the Holy See, told the (National Catholic) Register Sept. 6 that the idea for the new department “is a consequence of several years of the Hungarian government quietly helping Christians in the Middle East.”
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Orbán took the decision to set up the new department after meeting Pope Francis, and after taking part in the International Catholic Legislator’s Network which meets at the end of August in Frascati near Rome. The group was founded in 2010 by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna.
God bless the nation of Hungary!

Postscript

Could it be that, by setting up a forum in which Catholic politicians can chat and share ideas, Cardinal Schönborn may have redeemed himself a little? Just askin'.

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