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Hungary alters church law

Under a new law, only 14 of 358 of Hungary's churches and religious organizations will have legal recognition.

Predominant Reformed, Roman Catholic, Lutheran and Orthodox churches, as well as the Jewish community, have that legal standing.

To apply for legal recognition, other religious groups must have at least 1,000 members, a 20-year presence in Hungary and two-thirds approval by parliament.

Stripped of their previous legal status were the Hungarian Methodist Church, the Church of God and the Islamic community.


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