Pope Warns Of Anti-Semitism As He Visits Hungary

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, Francis warned of "the threat of anti-Semitism still lurking in Europe and elsewhere".
He said: "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."

Hungary has a large Jewish community - some 100,000 strong.

Mr Orban was criticized for his 2017 election campaign that included posters of Jewish financier George Soros, with the words "Let's not allow Soros to have the last laugh!" He rejected calls from the Jewish community to take them down.

On a visit to London, the PM denied any anti-Semitism, saying that Mr Soros was simply a rival who favoured the migrant movement.