In addition to being International Children’s Day, Sunday, May 31st was also Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s 52nd birthday, on the occasion of which the Hermina street church in Budapest District 14 held a special thanksgiving mass in his honor. When asked whether Orbán supporters weren’t trying to create a cult of personality around his person, a spokesperson for the church told the press that the mass was for all the country’s leaders and pointed out that Orbán belongs to a Reformed church (although his wife is Catholic-ed.)
Those attending the mass confirmed to atv.hu that Viktor Orbán’s name was cited on at least one occasion.
Across the street from the church an organization calling itself Civil Mozgalom distributed pancakes and sandwiches in an attempt to call attention to poverty. (It is not known if the NGO is related to political activist Mária Seres’ organization of that name).
Blaring loud music from speakers, the anti-poverty demonstration was clearly intended to disrupt the special mass. On more than one occasion someone emerged from the church and crossed the street to ask demonstrators to turn the volume down. Some were more insistent than others.
Amidst all of this, Orbán posted the following to his Facebook page:
Thank you for the good wishes and reassuring words, encouragement, and for the prayers said for me on the occasion of my 52nd birthday,