Category: Christianity

The history of the Unitarian Church has it on record that the Unitarian Reformation began in the year 1565. It was on the 20th of January of that year that Ferenc Dávid gave his first sermon in Unitarian spirit at the present-day St. Michael’s Church in Kolozsvár (present-day Cluj). The year of the foundation of the Unitarian Church was 1568. The Diet of Torda, in session between the 6th and 15th of January of that year, made possible for the Unitarian Church to come into being by ensuring religious toleration and liberty of conscience.

The church is a community of about 300 Lutheran congregations being bound to Jesus Christ. In spite of all their differences, the members belong to “one body” – in the smallest diaspora congregation as well as in the congregations having more than ten thousand souls. The service of three bishops directs the work running in the congregations, for getting the gospel even to places where only one Lutheran person lives, but it should be heard also in places where our congregation members are in majority. The seats of the three church districts (Buda, Gyõr and Pest) serve also as spiritual centres for all Lutheran people.

The Reformed Church is, in terms of numbers, the largest denomination in Hungary, after the Roman Catholic Church. The Calvinist trend of the Reformation in Hungary adopted two confessions at Debrecen in 1567: the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Second Helvetian Confession. The existence of the Reformed Church in Hungary dates from this Debrecen Synod of 1567. Among the Presbyterian churches it is the only one that has had, and still has, bishops in additions to general curators (lay presidents) at the head of Church Districts. At present the registered number of Reformed Hungarians world-wide is about three and a half million. Of these, some two million live in Hungary.

The Hungarian Catholic Radio was established by the Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference in order to help the proliferation of Christian values in Hungarian society. They take part in the mission of the Catholic Church as well as in maintaining and preserving the values of the Hungarian and universal cultures and our Hungarian mother tongue, within and outside the borders of our country.