Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wished “wisdom and a blessed service” to Archbishop of Alba Iulia (Gyulafehérvár) Gergely Kovács, who was ordained on Saturday. Orbán’s letter was read out at the end of the ceremony by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén.
Orbán said it was a “milestone” that a new archbishop was ordained for the archdiocese in a year which is dedicated to national cohesion. Kovács is best known for acting as the postulator in the beatification process of Áron Márton, a one-time bishop of Alba Iulia. Further, his service in Rome enabled him to get a unique insight into the culture and life of central European nations, Orbán added. “We are thankful to Providence that from now on he can put his knowledge and experience in use to serve the diverse Catholic community in Transylvania,” Orbán said in the letter.