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The Budapest Option: Pope Francis’ Next Destination Is an Emerging Bastion of Conservative Christian Thought

Budapest is now home to noted Christian conservative thinkers like American journalist Rod Dreher, pictured here participating in a discussion at the Mathias Corvinus Collegium. The city is drawing conservative thinkers from across the world in part to draw insights from Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s political approach. Scruton cafés, named for the English conservative philosopher, are a fixture of the intellectual expat scene in the Hungarian capital.

The Hungarian capital represents an alternative to progressive secular politics and has drawn a crowd of international conservative intellectuals to the shores of the Danube.