The Reformation has not only become a part of Hungarians’ lives over the past centuries but also a support for their shared national identity, President János Áder said at a festive session of the synod of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Debrecen, in eastern Hungary, on Saturday.
Áder named the Hungarian language Bible as the “greatest gift” of the Reformation for Hungary.
The president noted that the Reformation had divided Europe and that “the freedom fight of faith” had resulted in heavy casualties across the continent. He said that in Hungary, the Reformation had coincided with “the freedom fights of the nation”. Áder said the strengthened faith of believers brought about by the Reformation had tightened the community of the church and in turn, the community of the nation.
Hungary’s ongoing memorial year marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Europe includes close to 400 events in the Carpathian Basin.
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