The International Catholic Legislator Network (ICLN) had a guest of honor in the person of Viktor Orban, during its session held in Fatima, August 22-25, 2019. An unexpected visit that caused embarrassment within the Portuguese government.
The ICLN is an independent Catholic organization created in 2010, which aims to “bring together Catholics—as well as other Christians who so desire—elected in politics... to better inform them on the facts, the science, as well as the Church’s teaching.”
The organization’s annual meeting was held in Fatima from August 22-25, 2019. It began with a Mass celebrated at the shrine, in honor of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Among the delegates were Viktor Orban, the Hungarian Prime Minister who is a Protestant, as well as Mick Mulvaney, chief of staff of the White House, who is Catholic.
On the Portuguese side, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was a purely private visit, and no meeting had taken place between Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa, a socialist, and the one that the mass media in Western countries consider as a pariah.
Viktor Orban is currently enjoying a booming economy. He intends to act as the spearhead of a Europe faithful to its Christian roots, against the multiculturalism and economic liberalism of the Paris-Berlin axis. As such, his surprise visit to Fatima, makes sense.