Orthodoxy in Hungary

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Serbian orthodox monastery Grábóc

Eastern Orthodoxy was one of the historically important religions in Hungary. Now Orthodox Christianity in Hungary has been the religion mainly of some national minorities in the country. In the 2001 national census only 15,928 persons declared themselves Eastern Orthodox (0,21% of the people with declared religious affiliation and 0,15% of the whole population).

Historically the territory of Hungary has been in exclusive jurisdiction of Serbian Orthodox Church, i.e. its Eparchy of Buda, with central in town Sentandreja, in Virgin's Cathedral (Belgrade Cathedral).

Now there are other Orthodox jurisdictions also active in Hungary.

The Russian Orthodox Church has its Budapest and Hungarian Eparchy headed by Arcbishop Mark, with see in Budapest. The Budapest and Hungarian Eparchy of the Russian Orthodox Church has 11 parishes, with 8 priests and 1 deacon.[1]

The Romanian Orthodox Church has its Romanian Orthodox Eparchy of Hungary headed by Bishop Silian Mănuilă, with see in Gyula.[2]

The Bulgarian Orthodox Church has two parishes in Hungary - in Budapest and Pécs, with 1 priest. Both parishes are under the authority of the Bulgarian Orthodox Eparchy for Central and Western Europe.[3]

The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople also maintains its presence in Hungary. The Hungarian Exarchate is part of the Metropolis of Vienna of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. They have 4 parishes.[4]


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