Hungarian church Christmas
Budapest, 2018. december 22. Erdõ Péter bíboros, esztergom-budapesti érsek (k) a Katolikus Karitász karácsonyi ajándékosztásán a fõvárosi Magyar Szentek Templomában 2018. december 22-én. MTI/Balogh Zoltán

Christmas is the celebration of a meeting with God who had taken solidarity with people, Cardinal Péter Erdő, the head of the Hungarian Catholic Church, said in an interview to MTI on Monday.

It is no surprise that people feel like giving presents to each other at this time of the year considering that ever since God took the shape of a human “we can turn to another person with joy, with the understanding that we can meet Jesus Christ in them,” Erdő said.

This joy and this turning towards one another is what makes Christmas so precious, he said.

The holidays offer people an opportunity to search for silence, the head of the Hungarian Reformed Church’s synod said ahead of Christmas Eve.

People in the 21st century might be frightened of silence and remaining alone, István Szabó Bogárdi told MTI.

“But silence helps us to listen to what is essentially important”, he said.

At a time when Europe is trying to find its own identity, people with Christian roots need to rediscover the true meaning of Christmas, the head of the Hungarian Evangelical Church said on Monday.

“If we want to preserve Europe’s Christian character we should not accept to have only symbolic celebrations, but should go find their true essence,” Bishop Tamás Fabiny told MTI.

The holidays are a good opportunity for churches “to go after people” and “step into society” telling its members that “the door of the church is open”, he said.

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