Péter Cardinal Erdõ Péter Cardinal Erdõ
Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, Hungary
Cardinal Priest of St Balbina
Jun 25, 1952
Oct 21, 2003
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English Letter of Cardinal Erdő to George W. Bush
Jun 14, 2006
Péter Cardinal Erdő, archbishop of Esztergom–Budapest, primate of Hungary, president of the Hungarian Catholic Bishops' Conference addressed a letter to George W. Bush, president of the United States of America (June 13, 2006).

President George W. Bush
President of the United States
White House
Washington, DC

Dear Mr. President,

It was at the kind invitation of His Excellency, Mr. George H. Walker, the ambassador of the United States to Hungary, that I was recently able to visit the residence where my honorable predecessor, József Cardinal Mindszenty, dwelt as a guest of the United States for so many years during such a difficult period in our national history.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Revolution and freedom fight, in my own name and in the name of the whole Hungarian Catholic Community, I would like to express my gratitude through you, Mr. President, to the entire American Nation for the refuge and protection extended to Cardinal Mindszenty at that trying time.

I would also like to take this occasion to express our gratitude for the asylum given to thousands of Hungarian refugees, who because of the events of the 1956 Revolution, were forced to leave their country and who found a new and welcoming home in the United States.

And for those of us who lived through those dark years in Hungary, the innumerable gifts and parcels of food from the United States, which helped the people of our country both during and after the Revolution, always remain a cherished and an unforgettable memory. The kind gestures of those days carried a message of solidarity and freedom – a message which we, today in freedom, can respond to with renewed feelings of gratitude and solidarity.

God bless America

Péter Cardinal Erdő
Primate of Hungary
Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest

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