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Government Pledges HUF 2 Billion For Establishment Of New Greek Catholic Religious Centre In Debrecen

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.05.16.

The government has pledged over HUF 2 billion for the construction of the Greek Catholic Church’s new religious centre in Hungary over the next two years. In the running year, the cabinet is providing HUF 810 million to cover the costs of establishing the infrastructure of the new Hungarian Greek Catholic Metropoly – the equivalent of a Roman Catholic archdiocese -, the news website Napi.hu reported.

A further HUF 1.1 billion will be set aside for the church in next year’s budget and an additional HUF 390 million in government support will go to the cause in 2017.

The news comes shortly after Pope Francis announced his decision to establish the Hungarian metropoly for Catholics in the country who follow the Byzantine ritual, the centre of which is to be in the country’s second largest city of Debrecen, on 20 March 2015. The centre of the Hungarian Greek Catholic diocese was previously in the northeastern city of Nyíregyháza and the bishop’s cathedral in the small town of Hajdúdorog, also in the eastern part of the country; both are now moving to Debrecen. The city’s local government is providing two buildings for the establishment of the new Archbishop’s seat to the church for an unspecified period. Both buildings have been empty for several years and await renovation.

Most of Hungary’s approximately 270 000 Greek Catholics live in the eastern and northeastern areas of the country.

via hvg.hu
photo: napi.hu