Cardinal Péter Erdő
Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest
Primate of Hungary
Cardinal Péter Erdő was born on 25 June 1952 in Budapest, Hungary. He was ordained on 18 June 1975 and holds doctorates in Theology and Canon Law.
Cardinal Erdő has been Professor of Theology in the Faculty of Theology of the Archdiocese of Esztergom and at the Gregorian Pontifical University. He has been Rector of Rome’s Hungarian Pontifical Institute. He served as Professor, Head of Department, Dean and Rector of the ‘Péter Pázmány’ Theological Academy, and was Principal of the Postgraduate Institute of Canon Law. He also taught at the Pontifical Catholic University in Argentina (Buenos Aires) and at the Pontifical Lateran University.
On 5 November 1999 he was appointed titular Bishop of Puppi and Auxiliary of Székesfehérvár, receiving his Episcopal ordination on 6 January 2000. He has been President of the Commission of Ecclesiastical Law of the Bishops’ Conference of Hungary.
On 7 December 2002 Cardinal Erdő was nominated Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and Primate of Hungary.
He is the author of many written works and founder of various journals.
In September 2005 he was appointed President of the Hungarian Bishops´ Conference.
In October 2006 he was appointed President of the Council of European Bishops´ Conferences (CCEE).
He was created and proclaimed Cardinal by John Paul II in the 21 October 2003 Consistory, with the Title of S. Balbina (St. Balbina).
Congregations: for Catholic Education; for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments;
Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts;
Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.