Easter: Historic Churches Remind Hungarians Of True Meaning Of Holidays
Tamás Székely 2016.03.29.
Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross to free mankind “from the trap of its wickedness” and thereby broke the “shell of history”, Cardinal Péter Erdő, head of Hungary’s Catholic Church, told news agency MTI in his Easter message.
Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Budapest-Esztergom (photo: Balázs Mohai – MTI)
Cardinal Erdő, Archbishop of Budapest-Esztergom, said this divine behaviour shows history and the world in a different light. “Even though the horizon sometimes seems dark and hatred seems to prevail … the sky of history can still clear up and the sun of divine love can shine over us again”, he added.
Calvinist bishop István Bogárdi Szabó speaking (photo: Szilárd Koszticsák – MTI)
The head of the Hungarian Reformed Church’s synod, István Bogárdi Szabó, said the history of mankind is a series of crises, but Christ’s resurrection introduces mercy in the history of cruelties. The crucial and overriding message of Christianity is that “if we look at Christ’s resurrection, we can see the mercy in … hopelessness and this mercy has the capacity to change us”, the Protestant bishop said.
Lutheran bishop Péter Gáncs speaking (photo: Zoltán Balogh – MTI)
Hatred, violence and fear cannot have the last word, and violence is certainly not the right answer to violence; this is the painfully topical message of Easter this year, Péter Gáncs, the head of the Lutheran Church of Hungary, told MTI. He said the world has been unwilling for two-thousand years to listen to what Jesus has got to say: that mankind cannot be led to peace with arms and violence.