Pope Francis says anti-Semitism "still lurking" in Europe after meeting with Hungary's Orban
Pope Francis on Sunday warned of the threat of anti-Semitism "still lurking," in an address to Christian and Jewish leaders during his trip to Hungary, Reuters reports.
Why it matters: The pope's comments followed a meeting with Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a strongman leader who has faced accusations of anti-Semitism from the Jewish community in the country.
What he's saying: "I think of the threat of anti-Semitism still lurking in Europe and elsewhere," the pope said on Sunday, per Reuters.
- "This is a fuse that must not be allowed to burn. And the best way to defuse it is to work together, positively, and to promote fraternity," he continued.
- During a lengthy Mass in Budapest, Francis urged Hungary to “extend its arms towards everyone,” in what appeared to be a veiled critique of Orban, AP writes.
- Orban wrote on Facebook after the meeting: “I asked Pope Francis not to let Christian Hungary perish.”
Background: Orban is a fierce opponent of immigration, and has been condemned by Amnesty International for his "systematic crackdown on the rights of refugees and migrants."
- While running for office in 2017, Orban included images of George Soros, who is Jewish, in an anti-immigration billboard campaign and rejected calls to remove them.
- There are nearly 100,000 Jews currently residing in Hungary.