Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest
|Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest
The Cathedral Basilica of Esztergom
|Area||1,543 km2 (596 sq mi)|
|(as of 2013)
(Archdiocese of Esztergom )
31 May 1993
(As Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest )
|Cathedral||Primatial Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption of Mary and St Adalbert (Esztergom Basilica)|
|Patron saint||Saint Stephen I|
|Metropolitan Archbishop||Cardinal Péter Erdő|
|Suffragans||Diocese of Győr, Diocese of Székesfehérvár|
|Auxiliary Bishops||Ferenc Cserháti
|Emeritus Bishops||Gáspár Ladocsi|
Map of the Archdiocese
|Website of the Archdiocese|
Its double name reflects that it has cathedral sees in two Hungarian cities, the old primatial archiepiscopal seat Esztergom and the national capital Budapest, where a co-cathedral basilica is. These two prominent cities fall under the tutelage of one diocese due to Hungary's early history wherein Esztergom was one of the former capitals of the Kingdom of Hungary (much larger than the present republic – roughly the eastern half of the Habsburg empire). Its current Archbishop is Péter Erdő.
The diocese was founded in the 10th century and lost much territory to newly founded dioceses since. Its name was changed from Archdiocese of Esztergom on May 31, 1993. It had a uniquely prominent status, see under the title of Prince primate.
The Metropolitan retains the title of Primate, which gives his see precedence over all other Hungarian dioceses, including the fellow Metropolitan Archbishops of Eger, Hajdúdorog (cfr. infra), Kalocsa–Kecskemét and Veszprém, but he may be individually outranked if one of them holds a (higher) cardinalate.
His suffragans are the Latin Bishops of Győr and Székesfehérvár, while the former Roman Catholic Diocese of Hajdúdorog, until then also its suffragan, was elevated in 2015 to Hungarian Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Hajdúdorog (Eastern Catholic archdiocese), now the Metropolitan (with two suffragans in his own province) in chief of the Hungarian Catholic Church, of Byzantine Rite.
Metropolitan Archbishops of Esztergom-Budapest
- See also Archdiocese of Esztergom for earlier incumbent Metropolitan archbishops
- László Paskai (3 March 1987 - 7 December 2002) (As Archbishop of Esztergom until 1993)
- Péter Erdõ (7 December 2002 - present)
- Archdiocese of Gran (in Catholic Encyclopedia) (not fully used here)
- Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest website (only in Hungarian)
- GCatholic.org with incumbents list, linking to biographies
- Catholic Hierarchy
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