• 2020. June 29.

    A new volume of Collectanea Studiorum et Textuum  Classis II., Tom. 2. has been published „ History of the St. Stephen Association (1951-1965) A manuscript of Miklós Esty with an accompanying study edited by asistant research fellow, György Sági. The volume was published by the Gondolat Publishing House. 
    Miklós Esty (1895-1973) was a secular papal chamberlain and gentiluomo of three former cardinals (János Csernich, Jusztinián Serédi, József Mindszenty). His manuscript that covers the history of the St. Stephen Association in 1951-1965 was compiled based on various verbals of the Association.
    The history of the Association perfectly symbolises the Hungarian domestic situations, which can be well followed through the troubles of the Association’s operation. In the course of its long history and through the hardships of the 20th century, the St. Stephen Association carried on functioning as a flagship for the Hungarian Catholic culture with the propagation of the cultural heritages in the present for the future. 

  • 2020. May 30.

    Vilmos Fraknói Vatican Historical Research Group’s predecessor’s project namely Die Bischöfe der Donaumonarchie 1804 bis 1918. Ein amtsbiographisches Lexikon, hg. von Rupert Klieber, Band I: Die röm.kath. Kirchenprovinzen Gran, Kalocsa, Erlau im Königreich Ungarn, unter Mitarbeit von Péter Tusor, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2020 (xviii + 661 p) has finished on Pentecost 2020. The project started in 2012 with the participation of Zsófia Szirtes, Krisztina Tóth, István Fazekas, and András Forgó. Here you can order the volume. Here you can see the list of authors and the literature used. More information is available here .

    Bishops played a decisive role for the Habsburg Empire. Apart from their ecclesiastical agenda they emerged as state servants, ideology agents or nation builders. The first volume of the handbook is devoted to the biography, church career and ministerial performance of 128 roman-catholic bishops in the multi-lingual Kingdom of Hungary where they were an integral part of the political establishment. It offers a synopsis of local and international research enriched by references from central archives.

    Hungarian version is being edited which will also contains the summary of experiences of co-work with Slovak historians. The editors hope that the second edition will be an expanded and improved edition. On the 100th anniversary of the Trianon tragedy we consider it an extremely serious achievement to achieve that in such a prestigious international publication Hungarian history appears essentially as Hungarian and not as other history.

     Here you can order the volume.


  • 2020. May 23.

    On 22th Mai 2020 Gábor Nemes research fellow of Fraknói Research Group gave an interview on the MR1 Kossuth Radio about the Káptalandomb (historical downtown of Győr). He explained every milestones of the 1000 years old city. The interview can be accessed here .


  • 2020. May 6.

    Since May series Collectanea Studiorum et Textuum’s third volume, namely Serédi Jusztinián, Magyarország hercegprímása (Collectanea Studiorum et Textuum, vol. I/3) is available for everyone on our website. Balázs Csiky’s monograph contains numerous unpublished sources about Archbishop Serédi’s achievements in pastoral and in canon law. The volume gives not just a comprehensive image on the life and career of Serédi, but presents new data from the rich source material available in the Vatican Archives.

    The publication and edition of the book were supported by Fraknói Research Group and Hungarian Academy of Sciences Research Centre for the Humanities Institute of History.

    The book was presented on 3th April 2019 at Péter Pázmány Catholic University in Budapest. More information is available here



  • 2020. April 20.

    Since the 20th of April 2020 series Collectanea Studiorum et Textuum’s fourth volume, namely Formularium Ecclesiae Strigoniensis' first editions are available for everyone on our website. This volume is a remarkable result of a project from 2018 which was supported by the Péter Pázmány Catholic University.  Cardinal Péter Erdő, Kornél Szovák, Gábor Sarbak and the leader of the research group Péter Tusor participated in the project. This volume and related projects showing perfectly what is the purpose and task of the Hungarian Catholic University according to Fraknói Research Group. After publishing Formularium Ecclesiae Strigoniensis it was presented in both Rome, and Budapest.

  • 2020. March 24.

    In this hard period libraries and archives are closed as every museums and collections. Due to help the researching from home we have shared Research Group’s every books and publications. As a result of the decision more than 12000 pages scientific works are available on our website. Among others Collectanea Vaticana Hungariae’s 24 volumes and Collectanea Studiorum et Textuum’s 5 volumes. Check more publications by our researchers on academia.edu .

    Stay at home!

  • 2020. March 31.

    L’apertura degli Archivi della Santa Sede per il pontificato di Pio XII (1939–1958)

    Katalin Nagy's (Farknói Research Group) report



    From 2nd of March 2020 Vatican Apostolic Archives’ fonds from pontificate of Pius XII (1939-1958) are avaible for researchers. Due to the openning on 21st of February Vatican Apostolic Archives organized an international conference namely L’Apertura degli Archivi della Santa Sede per il Pontificato di Pio XII (1939-1958) about the researcher’s opportunities in the newly opened fonds. Event was held in Istituto Patristico Augustinianum with more than 300 inquirings. The conference was opened by cardinal Pietro Parolin Secretary of State and after moderated by Paolo Vian vice-prefect of Apostolic Archives. During this historical conference numerous famous historian and archivist gave lectures and afforded hints for the researchers present. In his closing remarks Mons. Sergio Pagano highlighted the importance of ecclesiastical archives.

  • 2020. March 12.

    On 4th March 2019 Pope Francis has announced Vatican Apostolic Archives’ fonds from pontificate of Pius XII (1939-1968) will be avaible a year later. The news of the opening was written by the world press. Research fellows of the Fraknói Researcher Group were waiting also for the opening. Unfortunately the coronavirus kept people away from the historical opening on 2nd March 2020. But Krisztina Tóth research fellow of Vilmos Fraknói Vatican Historical Research Group was there and she has started her newest research. Krisztina Tóth was glad to see that in the opened fonds are numerous hungarian related documents.  She had only two days for researching in the Vatican Apostolic Archives because italian authorities also found an infected person in Rome. Therefore Vatican Apostolic Archives has disestablish the opening hours for an uncertain time. Krisztina Tóth is waiting for the end of epidemic and reopening Archives as other research fellows of the Researching Group.

  • 2020. March 3.

    Last week Viktor Kanász research fellow of Vilmos Fraknói Vatican Historical Research Group gave two educational presentations one in Nagykanizsa and another in Budapest. The first was on 28th February 2020 at Nagykanizsai Szakképzési Centrum Cserháti Sándor Szakképző Iskola. The second one was on 3th March 2020 at Újpalotai Szabadidő Központ Közösségi Ház. The aim of these presentations were showing the research group’s works and professional researching methods.

  • 2020. March 5.

    It is always a great pleasure when a famous international publish house publish a book in hungarian history topic. Book presentation of Kirche und Kulturtransfer. Ungarn und Zentraleuropa in der Frühen Neuzeit  (hg. von Maria-Elisabeth Brunert, András Forgó, Arno Strohmeyer, Münster, Aschendorff, 2019). were hosted by Theology Faculty of Péter Pázmány Catholic University, MTA-PPKE Vilmos Fraknói Vatican Historical Research Group and University of Pécs on 5th of March 2020.
    The newly published book which was edited by András Forgó, Maria-Elisabeth Brunert and Arno Strohmeyer is the 40th part of the highly reputed series Schriftenreihe zur Neueren Geschichte. The book is based on an international conference lectures from the year 2011.
    On the event after Péter Tusor’s opening speech Gábor Kármán (researching fellow, Research Centre for the Humanities Institute of History) and Rev. Máté Gárdonyi (head of department, Theology Faculty of Péter Pázmány Catholic University) presented the book for the numerous audiences.


  • 2020. February 19.

    Gábor Nemes research fellow of MTA-PPKE Vilmos Fraknói Vatican Historical Research Group held a lecture on 19th February 2020 at Hungarian National Archives’ headquarters in Budapest. His lecture entitled ’Churches and clerics in Győr in the Late Middle Ages’. This event was the latest in program called ’Középkori Esték’ ’Medieval Evenings’.

    The first part of the lecture focused on the Medieval Győr’s topography on several problematic locations. The second part of the lecture payed attention to the church society in the city of Győr. According to Gábor Nemes clerics' proportion in Győr between 1386-1526 reached 4-6%.



  • 2020. January 30.

    On 30th January 2020 Péter Tusor leader of the MTA-PPKE Vilmos Fraknói Vatican Historical Research Group held a lecture at a conference entitled ’Olasz hatás a magyarországi lelkiségre” "Italian influence on hungarian spirituality". The conference was organized by MTA-PPKE Research Group on Baroque Literature and Spirituality at Péter Pázmány Catholic University in Budapest. 
    Péter Tusor in his lecture entitled ’A római egyházi előírások betartásának kérdései Magyarországon a 17. században’ gave insight into the effects of reforms of the Council of Trent in the Hungarian Kingdom. Péter Tusor presented the implementations of the Council’s decision in Hungary in the 17th century.



  • 2020. January 24.

    On 24th of January 2020 Fraknói Research Group and Medieval and Modern ages Church History Department of Theology Faculty organized a book presentation at Péter Pázmány Catholic University. The main goal of the occasion was to introduce the Theology Institute at Gyulafehérvár (Alba Iulia, R.) and his Church history workshop’s scientifical results.
    In the first part of the event Edit Madas academic presented a series which contains 19 volumes about the famous and respected transylvanian bishop Áron Márton. 
    Then Rev. Tamás Tóth secretary of Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Rev. Máté Gárdonyi Church historian commended several books in the topic of history of Diocese of Transylvania. After that block Rev. Csaba Török summerized Rev. Dávid Diósi canon of Gyulafehérvár’s books about the relationship between the Church and postmodernism. The next lecture was holded by Rev. Zoltán Oláh who presented they project about Septuaginta translate. The last one was József Marton Provost of Gyulafehérvár, who summed up the Institue’s past and results and also the future’s tasks.
    In his closing remarks Péter Tusor leader of the Fraknói Research Group highlighted the importance of the Institution at Gyulafehérvár, which is one of the last hungarian Institution in South Transylvania.

  • 2020. January 22.

     On 22nd of January 2020 Emil Hargittay’s and Csaba Péter Horváth’s newly published books were presented at Theology Faculty of Péter Pázmány Catholic University in Budapest. Both books focused on Cardinal Pázmány’s literary work. Hargittay Emil, the renowned literary’s newest book namely Pázmány Péter írói módszere presents and analyzes Pázmány’s author and argumentative method. Horváth’s monograph is the newest critical edition of Pázmány’s pamhlet namely Öt szép levél.(vö. Magyar Kurír). 

    By reason of the new books the Theology Faculty organized a round table discussion which focused on scientifical researching about Pázmány. Leader of the Fraknói Research Group Péter Tusor presented the state of historical research concerning the Cardinal. He recalled that last couple years Fraknói Research Group has published several books and monograph in the topic. (CVH I/3. CVH I/13. CVH II/6 és CVH II/7)  Péter Tusor also shared the information that Viktor Kanász and Róbert Oláh members of the Research Group are working on the third volume of Cardinal Pázmány’s correspondence which will be the continuation of Ferenc Hanuy’s works.

  • 2020. January 7.

    Leader of the Research Group Péter Tusor gave an interview to Csaba Fazekas editor of Egyháztörténeti Szemle about Research Group’s works. Current interview focuses on members of the Group and on their works. The interview contains information and stories about the Research Group’s beginings, present and future.  (Magyar történeti kutatások a Vatikánban a 20–21. század fordulóján. Beszélgetés Tusor Péterrel, az MTA-PPKE Fraknói Vilmos Római Történeti Kutatócsoport vezetőjével, Egyháztörténeti Szemle 20 [2019] 3. sz., 118--128.)

    Interview avaible here.

  • 2019. December 13.

    Viktor Kanász research fellow gave two lectures entitled ’Thúry György és Nagykanizsa’ on 13 December 2019.The event was organized by György Thúry Historical Open University at the headquarter of Lajos Batthyány High School.
    The lectures payed attention to captain Thúry’s life and his work at Nagykanizsa. On the other hand Mr Kanász introduced Nagykanizsa’s early modern society to his audience as well as confessional and strategic affairs in the city.