"Dumitru Mărtinaş" Roman-Catholic Association representing Roman-Catholics of Moldavia (so called "Changos", French - Tchangos, Hungarian - Csangok, German - Tschangos)
Romano-catolicii din Moldova (Romania) - Roman Catholics from Moldavia - Romania - people so called csangos - românii denumiți ceangăi, Tchangos

The Association of Roman Catholics "Dumitru Mărtinaş" reacts to the Hungarian lies of

the photo exhibition in Italy, ”Csango – Mostra fotografica di Stefano Marzoli”.

The Association of Roman Catholics "Dumitru Mărtinaş" became aware of the organization during the period 26.01. 2013- 26.02.2013 inside a building belonging to the City Hall of Bologna (Italy) of a photographic exhibition (author: Stefano Marzoli) dedicated to the "Ceangai" in Moldova. In the presentation of the exhibition, the organizers speak of "an ancient Hungarian minority, of a Catholic religion, which risks being extirpated by a modern Orthodox Romania". Moreover, according to the organizers, "the Csangos settled in Moldova in the Middle Ages, following its conquest by the Hungarians", preserving even "an archaic Hungarian language". The fabrication goes further, stating that the territory where today the Csángos who "are persecuted, have always been a gateway to the East to Europe." Equally bizarre is the idea that "the great Eurasian steppe that connects China with the Hungarian plains passes through Moldova ... a space inhabited by different peoples and cultures." The Association of Roman Catholics of Moldova draws attention to the fact that both the photographs and the information attached to this manifestation do not reflect the real situation of the minority of Roman Catholics in Moldova, improperly called "csangos". We cannot agree from the beginning with the use of the term "ceangău - csango" as an ethnic name for the Catholics of Moldova. Also, we cannot accept the message transmitted by Stefano Marzoli through the exposed photos. Paradoxically, he associates the "poverty and misery" in which the "Csangos" live by an alleged forced assimilation of them, by the cultural, ethnic, social, religious discrimination practiced by the Romanian state that "does not grant them the same rights as the Romanian ethnic groups." Orthodox confession. " Unfortunately, such an approach and presentation of the situation of the Moldavian Catholic community has been made repeatedly, and it seems to be part of a plan to discredit the Romanian state regarding the issue of minorities. We only mention here the opinions recently expressed by the Vice-President of the European Parliament himself, Tőkés László, who, referring to the situation of the "Csangos" in Romania, spoke about the existence of a "cultural genocide" against this "minority", stressing that the linguistic and cultural identity of it can also disappear that "following the policy of assimilation practiced for several decades, the loss of the mother tongue has gained tragic proportions: the Hungarians of Csangos cannot freely use their mother tongue neither in the church nor in the school, the result of oppression being the voluntary assimilation. ". We also insist on this way that we cannot agree with the permanent attempts to force the imprisonment of Catholics in Moldova by small groups of associations and foundations funded by Hungarian state funds. We mention that in Moldavia, according to the latest censuses, over 95% of the Catholic inhabitants declared themselves Romanians, rejecting the name "csango". The Romanian identity of the Catholics in Moldova was also clearly revealed in the conclusions of the sociological research undertaken in 2002 by the Center for Urban and Regional Sociology of CURS, within the University of Bucharest. Their mother tongue was and is Romanian. The Hungarian wheat that some of them use in parallel with the Romanian Transylvanian wheat is the follow-up of the Magyarization process that their ancestors were subjected to in Transylvania, before settling in Moldova. We also insist on this way that the history, language, popular culture of the Catholic inhabitants of Moldova reveals their belonging to the Romanian people, and the lack of knowledge of all these identity points leads to the misappropriation of the identity of these Romanian and European citizens equally. We reiterate the fact that we cannot speak of an ethnic minority of the "Csangos" in Moldavia but, at most, of a "religious minority" of the Roman Catholics in Moldavia.
REACTIONS  AND  TAKING  POSITIONS of the Association of Roman Catholics "Dumitru Mărtinaș" in problems of national interest and for combating the attempts of Magyarization of Roman Catholics in Moldavia