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Feastday: November 12
Death: 1040

Archbishop and companion of St. Stephen. The first archbishop of Hungary, he started as a monk originally named Radla. In 997, he served as a missionary among the Magyars, becoming abbot of the abbey founded by the duke and duchess of Geza in Hungary. St. Stephen was the son and heir of the duke. He succeeded his father and aided Anastasius in missionary efforts among the Magyars. Pope Sylvester II recognized Stephen as king of the Hungarians and sent him a crown through Anastasius. The archbishop supported Stephen's enlightened rule, dying two years after the king's passing.


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