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Vatican     POPE'S MESSAGE FOR CELEBRATION OF HUNGARY'S FIRST CHRISTIAN KING
Pope John Paul II has described King Stephen of Hungary as a "just, peaceful, and fervent" king, who promoted the life of the Church, respected God's laws, and was concerned about the well-being of his subjects.
    In a message sent through Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, he exhorted the Hungarian faithful to a "renewal of spiritual life and witnessing of the faith."
    Stephen of Hungary is seen as a focal point in aspirations for unity for Orthodox Churches. Recently, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, and the Patriarchate's Holy Synod, decided to adopt St Stephen of Hungary as a saint of the Orthodox Church. The decision is normative for all Orthodox Churches.
   
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12 Aug 00



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