Péter Erdő

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Péter Cardinal Erdő in Esztergom (2009)
Cardinal Erdö in Budapest (2013)
Cardinal coat of arms

Péter Cardinal Erdő [ ˈpeːtɛr ˈɛrdøː ] (born June 25, 1952 in Budapest , Hungary ) is Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and Primate of Hungary.

His motto is: Initio non erat nisi gratia (German: In the beginning there was nothing, just grace).


Péter Erdő studied Catholic theology and philosophy in Esztergom , Budapest and Rome and received his doctorate in theology and canon law . In 1975 he received the sacrament of ordination and then worked as a vicar in Dorog . After further studies in Rome from 1977 to 1980 he worked from 1980 to 1988 as a theology professor at the seminary in Esztergom and held visiting lectureships at several foreign universities. On September 5, 1994, Pope John Paul II awarded him the title of Apostolic Protonotary . From 1988 onwards, Péter Erdő lectured as a professor at the Theological Faculty of the Péter Pázmány Catholic University in Budapest, where he was rector from 1998 to 2003.

Péter Erdő was appointed titular bishop of Puppi and auxiliary bishop in Székesfehérvár on November 5, 1999 by Pope John Paul II . The Pope himself donated his episcopal ordination on January 6, 2000, with Giovanni Battista Re and Marcello Zago , secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples , being co-consecrators . On December 7, 2002 Erdő was appointed Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest. The inauguration (enthronement) took place on January 11 of the following year. Through his office as Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, he is also Primate of Hungary.

Pope John Paul II accepted Péter Erdő on October 21, 2003 as a cardinal priest with the titular church of Santa Balbina all'Aventino in the college of cardinals . He was the youngest participant in the 2005 conclave . In 2006 he was appointed President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences , which he remained until 2016. Erdő was also chairman of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops' Conference from 2005 to 2015 .

Cardinal Erdő is a member of the International Award Committee of the Adalbert Foundation . Péter Erdő was on September 23, 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. appointed member of the Second Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Africa (October 4 to 25, 2009). After the resignation of Benedict XVI. Cardinal Erdő participated in the 2013 conclave . He was considered papabile .

Memberships in the Roman Curia

Péter Erdő is a member of the following dicasteries of the Curia :


  • Canon law in medieval Hungary. Frank & Timme, Berlin 2005, ISBN 978-3-86596-028-3 .
  • Theology of Canon Law: A Systematic-Historical Attempt. Lit, Münster 1999, ISBN 3-8258-4106-5 .
  • (Ed.) Bonn - Budapest: canonical results of a collaboration. Echter, Würzburg 1988, ISBN 3-429-01973-7 .
  • The Sources of Canon Law: An Introduction to History. Lang, Frankfurt 2002, ISBN 3-631-35305-7 .
  • The History of the Science of Canon Law: an Introduction. Lit, Berlin 2006, ISBN 3-8258-5970-3 .

Web links

Commons : Péter Erdő  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Annuario Pontificio per l'anno 1996 , Città del Vaticano 1996, p. 2153.
  2. ^ Rinuncia dell'Arcivescovo di Esztergom-Budapest (Ungheria) e Nomina del Successore. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office , December 7, 2002, accessed December 21, 2014 (Italian).
  3. ^ IX Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico per la Creazione di trentuno nuovi Cardinali (di cui uno "In Pectore"): Assegnazione dei Titoli o delle Diaconie. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, October 21, 2003, accessed December 21, 2014 (Italian).
  4. Nomine nell'ambito della Seconda Assemblea Speciale per l'Africa del Sinodo dei Vescovi. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, 23 September 2009, accessed 19 February 2016 (Italian).
  5. Péter in St. Peter's Basilica or Primás papabile. Pester Lloyd, March 11, 2013, accessed May 9, 2013 .
  6. ^ Nomina di Membri del Consiglio di Cardinali e Vescovi della Sezione per i Rapporti con gli Stati della Segreteria di Stato. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, January 29, 2011, accessed February 19, 2016 (Italian).
  7. ^ Nomina di Membri della Congregazione per le Chiese Orientali. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, June 27, 2015, accessed June 27, 2015 (Italian).
  8. ^ A b Nomina di Membri dei Dicasteri della Curia Romana. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, November 24, 2003, accessed December 21, 2014 (Italian).
  9. Conferma del Prefetto e del Segretario della Congregazione per L'educazione Cattolica e Nomine e Conferme Di Membri nel medesimo Dicastero. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, November 30, 2013, accessed December 21, 2014 (Italian).
  10. ^ Nomina di Membri della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, February 2, 2005, accessed February 24, 2016 (Italian).
  11. ^ Nomina di Membri e di Consultori del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura. In: Daily Bulletin. Holy See Press Office, January 17, 2009, accessed December 21, 2014 (Italian).
predecessor Office successor
Cardinal László Paskai OFM Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest
since 2002
Amédée grave OSB President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences
Angelo Cardinal Bagnasco