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Wittenberg Hosts Hungarian Days As Part Of Reformation 500 Festivities

By Tamás Székely // 2017.08.22.

Wittenberg in Germany will this week host Hungarian Days as part of celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

According to the tradition, Martin Luther started the reformation when he nailed his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on 31st of October 1517

Zoltán Balog, Hungary’s Minister of Human Resources, and Péter Gáncs, Bishop and head of the Hungarian Evangelical Church, will open the four-day event on Thursday. On the opening night, Gergely Prőhle, the Hungarian Evangelical Church’s national supervisor, will give a lecture entitled “What does Luther’s last will and testament mean to us today?”. On Friday, a theological conference will be held, and, in the evening, Liszt Ferenc prize-winning organist László Fassang will give a concert in the town’s main church.

Other events include a Hungarian state reception on Saturday evening with the participation of Reiner Haseloff, Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt Province, Minister of Justice László Trócsányi and Heinrich Bedform-Strom, President of the German Protestant Church.

In Hungary, close to 400 programmes are held in 2017 to mark the 500th anniversary of Reformation in Europe. 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. Read more about the Hungarian Reformation here and here.

via MTI