Christian Refugees Face Obstacles Following Terror Attacks

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By BosNewsLife News Center with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos torAsotthalom8PARIS/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)-- With more than a hundred people killed in France's worst terror attacks since World War Two, thousands of Christian refugees from Syria and Iraq face an uncertain future, rights activists say. Aid workers have expressed concern about a developing humanitarian crisis after most nations along Europe's refugee corridor abruptly shut their borders this month to those not coming from war-torn countries such as Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq.

NEWS WATCH: Eastern EU States Under Western Pressure Amid Social Unrest

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Romania and Hungary are among several former Communist nations of the European Union facing social and political turmoil, as the EU and other Western institutions demand far reaching political and austerity measures in exchange for multi-billion dollar financial assistance. The resulting tensions have revived a debate over how much sovereignty eastern EU members should give up, more than two decades after freeing themselves from the Soviet Union's sphere of influence.

WORLD WATCH: Thousands of Migrants Stuck in Serbia as Winter Sets In

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Tensions are rising in the Balkans on the day the U.N.'s migration agency announced that 90 people apparently drowned after a smuggler's boat carrying mostly Pakistani migrants capsized off Libya's coast.

NEWS WATCH: Hungary’s Far Right Receiving Many Votes In Elections; Prime Minister Concerned

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Budapest Kormányátalakítás - Új kormánytagokBUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary's outgoing Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai has condemned his country's political climate ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections Sunday, April 11, as opinion polls show a far right political party will receive many votes. There is also international concern about the favorite to win the ballot, the main center right opposition party Fidesz, after its leader criticized a European Union deal on foreign landownership.

Hungary’s Night of Churches Spreads Light At Festival

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife gotop_BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Hungary has been holding a 'Night of Churches' as part of a Catholic-backed festival aimed at raising public awareness about faith and the arts. Younger and elderly Hungarians assembled suddenly in the heart of Budapest's Castle District near the Catholic Matthias Church on a hill overlooking the Danube river.

Officials Warn: Extremist Parties Threaten Eastern Europe’s Stability

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- About 1,000 people, many of them elderly Holocaust survivors, braved winter temperatures Saturday, February 13, to express concern about the rising far right groups in Hungary.

Dozens Of Catholic Missionaries Killed In 2011

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By BosNewsLife News Center
VATICAN CITY/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife)--  The Vatican's missionary news agency says more than two dozen priests, nuns and lay Catholics were killed worldwide in 2011, BosNewsLife monitored Monday, January 16.

Hungary Village Still Suffers After Worst Chemical Disaster (Special Feature)

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By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Kolontar, Hungary KOLONTAR, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Some villagers pause to remember, or pray, around a memorial to those who died a year ago in Hungary's worst ever chemical disaster on record. On October 4, 2010, over 184 million gallons (700,000 cubic meters) from an alumina plant's broken reservoir flooded this Hungarian village of Kolontar and nearby towns, 150 kilometers west of Budapest.

BosNewsLife Week In Review: Christians Battle Nazism, Starvation, Deadly Attacks (Dec.2-8)

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By BosNewsLife News Center in Budapest BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- Devoted Christians in Hungary and the Middle East stood up against Nazism or Islamic extremism this week, while others worshiped Christ behind bars, between bomb explosions and in bitter cold conditions.

Hungarian Jewish Synagogue Attacked On Eve Kristallnacht Anniversary

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY (BosNewsLife)-- An influential Jewish group said Monday, November 10, that windows of a synagogue in eastern Hungary were smashed on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nazi-incited riots of Kristallnacht.In a statement, the Rabbinical Center of Europe confirmed that the incident took place late Saturday, November 8, in a synagogue of the Jewish Community Center in the Hungarian town of Debrecen, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) east of the capital Budapest.Sunday. November 9, was the commemoration of Kristallnacht, or "Night of the Broken Glass," when 91 Jews were killed in violence whipped up by Nazi stormtroopers, while hundreds of synagogues and thousands of Jewish-owned businesses were ransacked in Germany and Austria. The Kristallnacht is seen as the beginning of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during World War Two. Some 600.000 Hungarian Jews were among those who perished in the Holocaust. "DAILY LIFE"The Rabbinical Center said anti-Semitic attacks were again "part of the daily life of Jews in Europe" and that it was necessary to educate young non-Jews about prejudice to combat its effects. Sunday's incident in Debrecen came amid concerns over rising right-wing extremism in Hungary and groups such as the Magyar Garda, or Hungarian Guard, whose members wear uniforms resembling the Nazi-era. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for this weekend's attack on the Jewish synagogue. END