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It is the responsibility of lay people – politicians, economic players, academics, artists – to shape life in the spirit of the gospel, Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, said in his Easter interview broadcast on public current affairs channel M1. “We must convey the love of God to the people,” the archbishop added. “God, who in his wisdom created man, wants us to be happy,” Cardinal Erdő said. In response to a question, he said it was necessary to enshrine Christianity as well as “our Greco-Roman heritage” in the European basic documents.

Bishop István Bogárdi Szabó, head of the Hungarian Reformed Church’s synod, said in his Easter Sunday message that only Christians could take the good tidings of the resurrection of Christ to the world. “God trusts us with the good news of the resurrection because we can see the forgiveness of sins in the cross of Jesus,” the bishop said.

Bishop Tamás Fabiny, head of the Lutheran Church of Hungary, urged his audience to be brave enough to set off on the path of faith, saying this was a path where courage would pay off. Speaking at an Easter Sunday service held for detainees and their relatives, the bishop said the men appearing in the Bible’s Easter narratives were cowardly but the women showed courage by going to the tomb of Jesus even though they did not know how they would roll away the stone covering the tomb. When they got there, the angel told them to raise their heads, and then they could see that the stone had been rolled away, he added. “Let us raise our gaze too” and then the miracle can happen: “someone stronger than us could also roll away the stone in front of us,” the bishop said.