László Lékai

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His Eminence

László Lékai
Cardinal, Archbishop of Esztergom
Primate of Hungary
ChurchRoman Catholic
Term ended30 June 1986
PredecessorJózsef Mindszenty
SuccessorLászló Paskai
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Santa Teresa al Corso d’Italia
Ordination28 October 1934
Consecration16 March 1972
Created cardinal24 May 1976
by Paul VI
Personal details
Born(1910-03-12)12 March 1910
Zalalövő, Hungary, Austria-Hungary
Died30 June 1986(1986-06-30) (aged 76)
Previous postApostolic Administrator of Veszprém (1972-1976)
Coat of armsLászló Lékai's coat of arms
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Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

László Lékai (12 March 1910 – 30 June 1986) was Archbishop of Esztergom and a Cardinal.

He was ordained to the priesthood on 28 September 1934. He served as a Faculty member at the Seminary of Veszprém and did pastoral work in the diocese of Veszprém from 1934 until 1944. He served as private secretary to the future Cardinal József Mindszenty, who was at that time Bishop of Veszprém. He was imprisoned in a Nazi prison from November 1944 to February 1945. He was appointed a Privy chamberlain supernumerary on 22 January 1946.


He was appointed titular Bishop of Giro di Tarasio and appointed apostolic administrator, ad nutum Sanctæ Sedis, of Veszprém in 1972. He was appointed as Apostolic administrator of Esztergom on 5 February 1974. Pope Paul VI appointed him to the metropolitan and primatial see of Esztergom in 1976.[citation needed]


Pope Paul VI created him Cardinal-Priest of S. Teresa al Corso d'Italia in the consistory of 24 May 1976.[1] He took part in the conclave of 25 to 26 August 1978 and in the conclave of 14 to 16 October 1978.


  • Gabriel Adriányi: The Ostpolitik of the Vatican 1958-1978 against Hungary. The case Cardinal Mindszenty. Schäfer, Herne 2003.


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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
József Mindszenty
Archbishop of Esztergom
12 February 1976 – 30 June 1986
Succeeded by
László Paskai