Hungary PM Viktor Orban Gave Pope Francis A 'Provocative Gift'

Chris Menahan
Sep. 15, 2021

Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban pushed back against Pope Francis' calls for open borders on Sunday by giving him a "provocative gift" from the 13th century...

From CBS News, "Pope Francis urges openness to migrants as he meets one of Europe's most anti-immigration leaders":
Pope Francis carefully rebuked the anti-migrant politics of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on the first day of a papal visit to Central Europe. Speaking at an outdoor Mass in Budapest on Sunday, the pontiff called on Hungarians to "extend their arms to everyone," in a veiled reference to the nationalist government's closed-door policy on immigration.

[...] At the meeting on Sunday, according to state media, Orban even handed the Pope a provocative gift: A copy of a letter from a 13th-century Hungarian king to then-Pope Innocent IV, asking for Rome's help to defeat an onslaught of foreign invaders — an apparent reference to migrants in the 21st century.

Shortly thereafter, Orban took to Facebook, posting: "I asked Pope Francis not to let Christian Hungary perish."
Balazs Orban, Deputy Minister for the Prime Minister's Office, described the letter on Twitter:

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