László Lékai

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His Eminence
László Lékai
Cardinal, Archbishop of Esztergom
Primate of Hungary
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Esztergom
Installed 1976
Term ended 30 June 1986
Predecessor József Mindszenty
Successor László Paskai
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of Santa Teresa al Corso d’Italia
Ordination 28 October 1934
Consecration 16 March 1972
Created Cardinal 24 May 1976
by Paul VI
Rank Cardinal
Personal details
Born (1910-03-12)12 March 1910
Zalalövő Hungary
Died 30 June 1986(1986-06-30) (aged 76)
Nationality Hungarian
Previous post Apostolic Administrator of Veszprém (1972-1976)
Coat of arms László Lékai's coat of arms
Styles of
László Lékai
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Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Esztergom

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.


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

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