Károly Hornig

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Károly Hornig (10 August 1840 – 9 February 1917) was a Hungarian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Veszprém from 1888 until his death, and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1912.

Károly Hornig
Bishop of Veszprém
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The then-bishop in 1888.
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
Appointed1 July 1888
Term ended9 February 1917
PredecessorZsigmond Kovács
SuccessorNándor Rott
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Sant'Agnese fuori le mura (1914-17)
Ordination14 December 1862
Consecration8 September 1888
by János Simor
Created cardinal2 December 1912
by Pope Pius X
Personal details
Birth nameKároly Hornig
Born10 August 1840
Buda, Austria-Hungary
Died9 February 1917(1917-02-09) (aged 76)
Veszprém, Austria-Hungary
Alma materRoyal University of Budapest
Coat of armsKároly Hornig's coat of arms
Styles of
Károly Hornig
External Ornaments of a Cardinal Bishop.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal


Károly Hornig was born in Buda, Hungary, Austrian Empire, to a noble family.[1] He received the Sacrament of Confirmation in 1853. He received the clerical tonsure and the minor orders on 20 November 1859. Becoming a subdeacon on 23 July 1862 and a deacon two days later on 25 July, Hornig was studying at the Augustineum Imperial College in Vienna (1862-1866) when he was ordained to the priesthood on 14 December 1862. He obtained a doctorate in theology on 25 November 1869 from the Royal University of Budapest, where he also taught biblical studies from 1862 to 1869.

Hornig served as private secretary to Cardinal János Simor of Esztergom during the First Vatican Council (1869-1870), and then as Rector of the Budapest seminary from 1870 to 1878.[2] He was named a cathedral canon as well, and was director of the archiepiscopal chancery of Esztergom from 1878 to 1888. Following his creation as Privy Chamberlain of His Holiness ad honorem, Hornig was named titular abbot of the monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Babolcha. He was also a Counselor to the ministries of Worship and Public Instruction from 1882 to 1888.

On 1 July 1888, Hornig was appointed Bishop of Veszprém by Pope Leo XIII. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 8 September from Cardinal Simor, with Bishops Janos Zalka and Kornel Hidasy serving as co-consecrators.

Pope Pius X made him Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Agnese fuori le mura in the consistory of 2 December 1912. Hornig was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 1914 papal conclave, which selected Pope Benedict XV. On 30 December 1916, he crowned King Károl I and Queen Zita of Hungary.

Cardinal Hornig died in Veszprém, at age 76, and is buried in the cathedral of the same city.


  1. ^ Karlinszky, Balázs. "Veszprém Portré - Veszprém kulturális kiadványa" (in Hungarian). Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  2. ^ Pham, John-Peter (2004). Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes of Papal Death and Succession. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 15. ISBN 9780199334827. Retrieved 20 June 2019. Károly Hornig.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Sigismondo Kovács
Bishop of Veszprém
Succeeded by
Nándor Rott
Preceded by
Georg von Kopp
Cardinal Priest of Sant'Agnese fuori le mura
Succeeded by
Adolf Bertram