Skip to Content

Viktor Orban. Photo supplied
Budapest

Orban offers Pope copy of 1250 letter in which a Hungarian king pleads for help against Tartar invasion

During his visit to Budapest on Sunday to celebrate mass, Pope Francis met with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose anti-migration policy in Hungary he does not share. The Pope received a copy of a letter reminding him why he should be more circumspect in his views.

Published: September 15, 2021, 1:18 pm

    Read more

    The letter is a copy of a 1250 letter from Hungarian King Bela IV to Pope Innocent IV pleading for support in resisting the Mongol invasion of Hungary and Europe. After various Turkic nomadic groups became part of the armies of the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan in the early 13th century, these Turkic armies raided Russia and Hungary and became known to Europeans as Tartars.

    Pope Francis on Sunday, at the end of a flash visit to Budapest during the closing open-air Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress, had urged Hungarians to be more “open” after meeting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

    The Pope’s remarks were aimed at Orban’s sovereignist policies: “Religious sentiment has been the lifeblood of this nation, so attached to its roots. Yet the cross, planted in the ground, not only invites us to be well-rooted, it also raises and extends its arms towards everyone.”

    Orban, who has spoken out against “the Muslim invasion” offered Francis a copy of a letter from 1250 from a Hungarian king sent to the pope at the time, pleading for aid from the West against the Tartar warriors threatening Christian Hungary.

    Orban responded to the Pope’s challenge: “I asked the Pope not to let the Christians of Hungary perish.” The Prime Minister reported on the meeting with Francis on his Facebook account, where he also posted a photo of his meeting with the leader of the 1,3 billion Catholics. The copy of the letter he handed over is also an historical reminder that ordinary people secured the victory over the Golden Horde and the threat of the Mongolian Empire.

    Never in Vatican memory has such a “diplomatic affront” to a pope from a regularly elected head of government been witnessed, reported French daily Le Figaro.

    Hungarians remember their history

    The European Social Survey showed that anti-immigrant sentiment in the Hungarian public was higher than in most of the post-socialist block. These views are particularly strong when it comes to Muslims: according to the Pew Research Center, 72 percent of Hungarians had unfavorable views of Muslims in 2016 compared to the EU median of 43 percent even though Hungary has a small Muslim population.

    Hungarians were also more likely to consider refugees a burden or a major threat more than the average European. In a 2017 survey, 64 percent of respondents from Hungary agreed with the statement that “all further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped.”

    The Pope’s tone-deaf globalist drive

    The Pope’s support for clandestine immigration, his blessing of same-sex relationships and the ordination of women to address the clerical sex-abuse and pedophile crisis, has drawn fierce criticism, not only in Hungary. Cardinal Rainer Woelki of Cologne, leader of the conservative minority of German bishops, has warned that the process could lead to a schism and even “a German national church”.

    His warnings have been echoed by cardinals and bishops in other countries. “Please join me in praying for the universal Church and the bishops in Germany, that they step back from this radical rupture,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said in May this year.

    The threat of an invasion is real

    The Romanian press recently wrote that a “new Balkan route” now passes through western Romania into Hungary. Because Croatia and Hungary have erected high border fences on the Balkan route, illegals are now increasingly trying to get to the EU via Romania. The number of illegal border crossings rose by 200 percent in the first half of the year. The western Romanian city of Timisoara has turned into an important hub with many trying to find a vehicle that they can use to get to Western Europe undetected.

    Their escape plans are similar: they hide in trucks in parking lots in the vicinity of the city, hoping to cross the border into Hungary undetected. A smuggler selects the truck and opens the cargo area for them. “Our chance is that the police won’t check every truck,” one explained.

    The fact that Afghans have been trying to cross the border more and more this year has also been observed by a border official: “With the global madness, they are under increasing pressure to get to Europe.” Afghan smugglers have an extensive network on the Balkan route. And the young Afghans in Timisoara call their attempts to cross the border a “game” to evade detection.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • Goageb

      Come one, come all you Jesuit Tartarian deniers!

    • Tara Walters ❤️

      💔 My nudе рiсs hеre https://bit.ly/2SHcEJq

    • Mariah Marquez 💗

      💕 Wаtсh mу webcаm masturbаtion https://bit.ly/2XpuGC1

    • Kristin Wilson 💘

      ❤ wanna sex? https://bit.ly/2SHcEJq

    • Jerry Sanders

      Excellent!

    • erzengle

      Offered it to him? Better yet, stuff it down his throat in public.

      • HunVagy

        The point of this gesture was, that the time of tartaric invasion pope Innocent IV. denied help for the Hungarians. The same situation exist now, how Hungary defends Europe from the uninvited illegal immigration without any help.

        Offered it to him?

        Mr. Orban is a very polite man. 😉

        • erzengle

          Yes, it was interpret of me. There is always more to any situation than an intemperate remark or spurious accusation, which are so common now.

    Europe

    Norway reclassifies Covid-19: No more dangerous than ordinary flu

    OsloCovid-19 is treated in the mass media as a very dangerous disease in the face of which mass vaccination and severe restrictions for the whole society are applauded despite few deaths beyond the risk groups. But in Norway, it has now been decided to treat it like other respiratory diseases, such as influenza or the cold virus, because according to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health it is no longer more dangerous than these.

    Elysee denies malicious Telegraph article on giving up its UNSC seat

    ParisFrance has formally denied being ready to give the EU its seat on the UN Security Council. "The seat is ours and will remain so," said the Elysee, in response to an article in a British newspaper.

    UK newspaper: France could offer its UN permanent seat to EU

    ParisFrance's seat at the UN could be given to the European Union to promote the creation of an EU standing force after Australia made it clear that it would be pursuing nuclear technology for its submarines together with the US and UK.

    Italy: Nationwide house raids against vaccine opponents

    MilanThe Milan Public Prosecutor's Office has launched searches of anti-vaccination opponents in six Italian cities. Allegedly the members of the Telegram group "The Warriors" planned violent demonstrations against the Covid-19 policy of the Italian government.

    EMA: Almost a third of Covid vaccination side effects are severe

    BrusselsThe reported suspected side effects for the four Covid vaccines, which have only been conditionally approved in the EU, are record-breaking after just 8 months. Serious side effects have been reported.

    Breaking news: UK government drops Covid passport

    LondonIn the UK, Health Minister Sajid Javid has told the BBC that Covid passports will not be introduced in his country. When will European countries come to their senses?

    France: Thousands protest against ‘health pass’ for 9th weekend in a row

    ParisOn Saturday, demonstrators took to the streets in the French capital for the ninth consecutive weekend to express their displeasure with the health passport policy of the Macron administration. The protest quickly degenerated into clashes with the police.

    Key Dutch ministers in bed with the WEF

    The HagueAt the end of May, the Forum for Democracy led by Thierry Baudet, submitted a parliamentary question on the relations between cabinet members and Klaus Schwab's World Economic Forum. "We received evasive or even no answers to these questions," said Dutch MP Pepijn van Houwelingen.

    Marine Le Pen’s phone number leaked on social networks

    ParisThe cellphone number of the president of the National Rally was published on social networks. Many strangers called her, forcing her to change her number and file a complaint.

    Hungarian teacher promises better grades to vaccinated children

    TamasiParents have complained about the biology teacher at the Würtz Ádám Primary School and Elementary Art School in Tamasi, Hungary, because he wanted to reward students who had been vaccinated against the Coronavirus and punish those who had not received the jab.

    Go to archive