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Saint Stephen of Hungary (975–1038)

Saint Stephen of Hungary (975–1038)

Patron saint of Hungary

Feast day: August 16

Saint Stephen of Hungary was baptized at a young age. His father was the chief of the Magyars, and Stephen succeeded his father as chieftain. Stephen married the daughter of Duke Henry II and dedicated much of his time to the advancement of his Christian faith.

He supported Church leaders, assisted with the building of churches, and was an advocate for the rights of the Holy See. Saint Stephen also stopped a number of pagan uprisings. In light of all that he had done for the people of Hungary, he was crowned king. While king, Stephen started a tax system, with the collected funds going to support churches and the poor. This good king was canonized in 1083. 

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