• 2022. May 21.

    At the invitation of István Szijártó, professor of the Department of the History of Economy and Social History, Fraknói Research Group gave a presentation on its work at the ELTE BTK on 20 May. During the presentation, Péter Tusor, embedded in the historiography of Vatican research, presented the history of the Research Group, its operational framework and its achievements. In doing so, he referred to the volumes, of the Collectanea Vaticana Hungariae published so far, as well as to the international embeddedness of the research. Afterwards, Viktor Kanász presented how a university student can get involved in research, and in the context of a case study he presented the results of his doctoral research and the history of Girolamo Martinengo's nunciature. The presentation was concluded by a discussion on the current state of research in the Vatican, the fate of the Fraknó Villa, and the relationship of the Research Group with the Catholic University and other research groups.


  • 2022. May 15.

    The latest volume of the Collectanea Vaticana Hungariae, (CVH II/9.) containing the selected political correspondence of Ferenc Forgách, has been published. Forgách’s correspondence and his politics started at the same time as István Bocskai’s uprising, which is one of the most contested periods of Hungarian history in the 17th century.  The volume is the result of research in foreign archives that began decades ago. The published sources are mainly from the Fondo Borghese and Segreteria di Stato of the Vatican Apostolic Archives and the Archivio Ferrero of the Biella State Archives. The published documents shed more light than ever before on the personality of Ferenc Forgách and the key role he played in preserving and rescuing Catholicism in Hungary, which had been in a very serious situation as a result of the Bocskai Uprising.
    The sources were researched and processed by Tamás Kruppa, a member of the research team. In its broader context, the volume fits well into international nunciature research.

  • 2022. May 4.

    On 4th of May 2022 Archdioceses Library and Archives of Veszprém organized a conference "A veszprémi püspökség története 1777–1850" at Archbishop's College of Veszprém. On this occasion Viktor Kanász Research Group's research fellow gave a lecture about 18th century's schoolmasters in Veszprém Diocese. Kanász's lecture based on contemporary sources especially on Canonica Visitatios. In his presentation Kanász analyzed more than 120 schoolmasters' academic background and career.


  • 2022. May 7.


    On 7th of May 2022 György Sági assistant research fellow participated in a conference "Tavaszi Szél" which was dedicated to doctoral candidates. This yearly conference this time was transferred to Pécs. György Sági gave a lecture about the abolition of the Seminary of Kalocsa by the Communist Government in the early 1950's. (Egyházmegyés papok képzésének megszűnte, illetve áthelyezése Kalocsáról Szegedre az 1950-es évek elején). 
    Mentioned lecture above highlighted the weekdays and trials of the seminarists and clerics during the anticlerical Communist Era in the Archdiocese of Kalocsa-Bács. Apart of the written sources from archives Sági used several oral history sources by the old priests.


  • 2022. April 29.

    On 29th of April 2022 Péter Tusor leader of the Fraknói Research Group and Róbert Oláh P. research fellow gave lectures at an international conference 'Höhere Bildung in den Jesuitenschulen Mitteleuropas am Beispiel der Universität von Tyrnau' in Vienna. The conference main goal was to highlight the influences of the University of Trnava and Jesuit Order on Habsburg Empire. Péter Tusor based in Vatican sources showed in his lecture the process of the foundation of University of Trnava in 1635. After that at the end of the session Róbert Oláh P. analyzed by the method of prosopography the academic background of Canons of Győr between 1658 and 1783.
    After the end of the lectures scientifical discussion was continuing vigorously.


  • 2022. May 3.


    Five years ago today, on 3rd of May 2017 Wolfgang Reinhard gave a lecture at Hungarian Academy of Science's headquarters in Budapest. That event was his first official lecture in Hungary.
    Professor Reinhard's lecture Konfession und Konfessionalisierung. Der Stand der Diskussion  was translated to Hungarian by András Forgó docent at University of Pécs. Soon former MTA-PPKE 'Lendület' Church History Research Group (2012-2017) published Reinhard's lecture 'Felekezet és felekezetszerveződés. A tudományos diskurzus fejleményei' . This issue was the first fasciculus in Collectanea Studiorum et Textum's III series. Hungarian and English news about the event are available on mta.hu . 

    Professor Reinhard was born in 1937. His research area is the early modern ages. He invented with Heinz Schilling the model of confessionalization which was the most important paradigm shift in Church history since Leopold von Ranke and Max Weber.

    The same event was the closing event of the five-year-project of MTA-PPKE Church History Research Group. Péter Tusor, leader of the mentioned Research Group has announced on that afternoon that Vilmos Fraknói Research Group (2017-2022) has been established for the next five-years-project term as the successors of 'Lendület' Group.

    From 1st of July 2022 Vilmos Fraknói Research Group is going to continue the professional work as ELKH-PPKE-PTE Vilmos Fraknói Vatican Historical Research Group.

  • 2022. March 22.

    Péter Tusor, leader of the Fraknói Research Group gave a lecture entitled Pázmány Péter, a politikus (Péter Pázmány, the politician) at Collegium Pazmanianum in Vienna. Based on Roman sources Tusor analyzed Pázmány's cardinal promotion's, the European political circumstances and the relationship between the Holy See and Imperial Court of Vienna. Tusor highlighted Cardinal Pázmány's Imperial embassage to Rome in 1632 as one of the biggest diplomatic conflict in the Eternal City during the seventeenth century. Therefore the consequences were also significant which changed the modality of the relation between the mentioned two European power. After that lecture Tusor gave an interview on ORF.

    See more here 

  • 2022. March 24.

    The Fraknói Research Group held its sixth workshop on 23 March 2022 at University of Pécs (PTE) where the volume Ordinationum Documenta Pontificia de Regnis Sacrae Coronae Hungariae (1426–1523) ( CVH I/18) was presented by the editor Tamás Fedeles. The event's place was symbolic because years ago the first first workshop was held at the same place. Before it Péter Tusor, leader of the Research Group congratulated Fedeles for his Academic Doctorate. 

    Presented book focuses on the Hungarian Medieval clerics ordination in Rome.
    The volume in question includes altogether 1001 entries, which contain the documents related to 783 persons’ promotion. This newly published outcome is one of the most important results of the last five-year tender.



  • 2022. February 28.

    Series Collectanea Vaticana Hungariae new volume I/20. namely Monumenta és Collectanea. Magyar történeti kutatások a Vatikánban (1881–2021). has been published at the end of February 2022. Péter Tusor, leader of Vilmos Fraknói Vatican Historical Research Group, wrote this book which presents precisely Hungarian historical research movements in Rome and Vatican from the beginnings until nowadays. The aforementioned volume's antecedent has been published as a prologue for Research Group's first volume (CVH/1). This volume summarizes the great historian, Vilmos Fraknói's heritage and mission of a modern historical research institute. Here you can get the book.

  • 2021. December 14.

    On 14th of December 2021 leader of the Research Group Péter Tusor participated in an online conference namely Barberini e l'Europa which was organized by Università di Chieti, az Università della Tuscia and MTA-PPKE Fraknói Research Group. The Italian Spanish, French and Hungarian participants analyzed Barberini's effects on baroque art and politics. Based on newly explored sources apart of Urbano's VIII pontificate lecturers introduced Antonio (1569–1646), Francesco (1597–1679), youngest Antonio (1608–1671), Carlo (1630–1706) and Francesco (1662–1738) Barberini's career. Péter Tusor presented Barberini dinasty's often difficult relation with the Hungarian Kingdom during the 17th century.
    Above-mentioned lectures are going to be published in Acta Barberiniana by Edizioni Sette Città.