Pope Francis has warned the threat of anti-Semitism is “still lurking” in Europe, during a brief trip to Hungary. He was speaking after meeting Hungary’s populist and anti-immigrant PM Viktor Orban, with whom he has stark differences on the issue of refugees. Mr Orban has also been accused of an anti-Semitic stance, but he has said this is “simply ridiculous”.
In a Facebook post, the PM said he had “asked Pope Francis not to let Christian Hungary perish”.
Pope Francis’ meeting with Mr Orban lasted about 40 minutes in the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest. In his address to Christian and Jewish leaders afterwards, Pope Francis warned of “the threat of anti-Semitism still lurking in Europe and elsewhere”.