Egyptian Jesuit monk P. Henri Boulad S.J. took the oath of Hungarian citizenship in the Parliament Building in Budapest on Thursday, Kormány.hu reported. Father Boulad made this decision because he agrees with the Hungarian Government’s efforts to protect Christians and Christian values. “Hungary has been a Christian country for over a thousand years and the new Hungarian Constitution places great emphasis on Christian values”, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen said at the ceremony.
According to Kormány.hu, Henri Boulad was born in Alexandria in 1931 into a Syrian family; his father was Syrian, his mother was Italian, and the family were Catholics who spoke French as a first language. He entered the Jesuit Order in 1950 and was ordained as a priest in 1963 in Beirut. He acquired three doctorates and, returning to Egypt, was involved in youth education and social work, in addition to holding spiritual exercises. He organised Egypt’s CARITAS, the Roman Catholic charity, in cooperation with Saint Teresa of Calcutta. He organised refugee camps and fought to stop the genocide in Sudan and to gain the freedom of slaves. He received the Officer’s Cross of the French Order of Merit “for a life devoted solely to self-sacrifice”.