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PM Orbán On Reformation’s 500th Anniversary: “Hungarians And Europe Are In Need Of Spiritual And Intellectual Renewal”

By Tamás Székely // 2017.10.31.
Speaking at a celebratory event marking the 500th anniversary of the start of Reformation on Tuesday, the Hungarian Prime Minsiter said that it is no accident but an “expression of God’s mercy” that Hungary currently has a Christian government which promotes faith, he said.

photo: Máthé Zoltán – MTI

“Following years of governing by anti-Christian, internationalist powers, Hungary now needs a government dedicated to Christian values”, Viktor Orbán said. The Prime Minister, who also known as a devoted Calvinist, said it is an obligation for his government to protect “lifestyles germinating from Christianity”, human dignity, family, the nation and communities of faith. At the same time, he said Hungarians and Christian Europe are in need of spiritual and intellectual renewal.

In Hungary, close to 400 cultural and religious programmes have been organised through the year to mark the 500th anniversary of Reformation in Europe. In Wittenberg, the birthplace of Reformation in Germany, Hungarian Days were held from Aug. 24 to 27 with several programs, including a conference, an exhibition and a concert.

According to the 2011 census 13,8% of Hungarians are Protestants (11.6% Calvinists, 2.2% Lutherans). The Reformed Church is the second largest church in Hungary with 1,622 000 adherents, and 600 000 active members. The Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Hungary counts around 215 000 members.

via MTI; featured photo: Károly Árvai – MTI