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Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest

Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest
Archidioecesis Strigoniensis-Budapestinensis
Esztergom-Budapesti Főegyházmegye
The Cathedral Basilica of Esztergom
Country Hungary
Territory Esztergom-Budapest
Ecclesiastical province Esztergom-Budapest
Metropolitan Esztergom-Budapest
Area 1,543 km2 (596 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
1,254,000 (60.1%)
Parishes 188
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin
Established 10th Century
(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
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Cardinal Péter Erdő
Suffragans Diocese of Győr, Diocese of Székesfehérvár
Auxiliary Bishops Ferenc Cserháti
János Székely
György Snell[1]
Emeritus Bishops Gáspár Ladocsi
Mpa of the Archdiocese
Mpa of the Archdiocese
Website of the Archdiocese

The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest (Latin: Archidioecesis Strigoniensis–Budapestinensis) is part of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary.


  • Duality 1
  • History 2
  • Metropolitan Archbishops of Esztergom-Budapest 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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

See also


  1. ^

External links

  • Archdiocese of Gran (in Catholic Encyclopedia) (not fully used here)
  • Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest website (only in Hungarian)
  • with incumbents list, linking to biographies
  • Catholic Hierarchy

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