A memorial dedicated to the Reformation was inaugurated in Debrecen, a city often dubbed as the Calvinist Rome in eastern Hungary, on Tuesday to mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther publishing his Ninety-Five Theses in Wittenberg.
“Erecting a monument to the Reformation is a brave venture in a period when the star and the cross fall into the dust at more and more places all over the world, including Europe,” Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog said at the unveiling ceremony.
“Now it is up to our generation to raise the cross and [Calvin’s] star high so that they can be seen in Debrecen, in Hungary, in Europe and throughout the world,” he said.
Minister without portfolio Lajos Kósa, former mayor of the city, said that “there were times when faith divided people. Now, amidst the challenges and struggles of our era, there is much more to connect Catholics, Calvinists and the followers of the Gospel than to divide them.”
Reformed Bishop Károly Fekete called Debrecen the “cradle of Reformation”, the city that founded the Reformed Church in Hungary by adopting the Second Helvetian Confession 450 years ago.
The sculpture depicts St. Andrew Church, the predecessor to the city’s famous Reformed Great Church, and the Lord’s table.
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