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The Hungarian Catholic Church

The diocese of Hajdúdorog originally covered only eastern Hungary and the city of Budapest. In 1980 its jurisdiction was extended to all Greek Catholics in Hungary. There is now a theological institute in Nyíregyháza that has been affiliated with the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome since 1995.

By 2014 there were 187 Greek Catholic parishes in Hungary, served by 262 priests and three women religious. The rather small number of Greek Catholic Hungarians who immigrated to North America have a few parishes, all of them part of the Ruthenian dioceses in the USA and the Ukrainian dioceses in Canada.

On March 20, 2015, Pope Francis reorganized the Hungarian Greek Catholic Church and elevated its status to Metropolitanate. In doing so, he elevated the eparchy of Hajdúdorog to a metropolis with its seat in Debrecen, and appointed Bishop Péter Fülöp Kocsis of Hajdúdorog as the first Metropolitan. He also created two suffragan sees by elevating the apostolic exarchate of Miskolc to the status of eparchy, and erecting a new eparchy in Nyíregyháza.

Location: Hungary
Head: Archbishop Péter Fülöp Kocsis (born 1963, appointed 2015)
Title: Metropolitan Archbishop of Hajdúdorog
Residence: Debrecen, Hungary
Membership: 326,200

Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015

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Tags: Central Europe