The Church of Sacro Cuore di Gesu (The Sacred Heart of Jesus) was inaugurated on Saturday in Tolentino, central Italy, after its restoration financed by Hungary following an earthquake last year.
The ceremony was attended by Zoltan Balog, Hungary’s minister of human resources, who said the reopening of the church was “a moment of grace”. He recalled that a year ago the town had asked Hungary to help restore the church. From Italy, priests, artists and scholars have been coming to Hungary for several centuries, he said. “This time, we came to Tolentino.”
Hungary provided 150 million forints (EUR 480,000) for the restoration of the church, formerly a monastic church known as San Benedetto da Norcia.
Back in March 2017, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade paid a visit to the severely damaged church. He met with the engineers and planners of the restoration works.
“There is a profound friendship between Italians and Hungarians as a friend in need is a friend indeed, and as the Italians helped us after one of the most tragic coach accidents that ever affected Hungarians abroad, it is natural that we, too should help the Italian region affected by the earthquake”,