Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, said on Friday (September 17th) that during a meeting with Pope Francis earlier this week, he encouraged him to continue to uphold the family’s traditional values. However, during this meeting Orban and the Pope avoided the topic of migration, a topic on which they have opposite views.
Orban, who has been in power since 2010, has portrayed himself as the savior of Hungarian culture against the migration of Muslims to Europe and as the defender of Christian values against Western liberalism.
“The meeting gave me great courage,” Orban said, referring to the meeting with Pope Francis after he paid a September visit to Budapest on September 12.
“The Holy Father made it clear to me that the fight we are waging to protect families is the most important fight for the future of Europe,” Orban told Public Radio.
Last year, Hungary amended the Constitution regarding the definition of family, banning the adoption of children by same-sex couples.
Orban said the Pope had told him there should be no debate over the traditional family.
“He said the family consists of father, mother and children, period,” said Orban.
Orban said that during the 40-minute meeting with the Pope they did not discuss the topic of migration
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