László Paskai (born May 8, 1927 in Szeged, Hungary) is a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the former archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest. He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI.

Early life

László Paskai was born to Jewish parents who were converted to the Catholic faith before the arrival of their son and who later died during the Holocaust. He was ordained a priest at the age of 23 on 3 March 1951, joining the Order of Friars Minor. On 2 March 1978 he was chosen to become Apostolic Administrator of Veszprém, becoming a bishop that same day, with the titular see of Bavagaliana.

Styles of
László Paskai
CardinalCoA PioM
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal
See Esztergom-Budapest

Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Veszprém on 31 March 1979. He was then appointed to serve as Primate of Hungary and Archbishop of Esztergom on 3 March 1987. He was created Cardinal-Priest of Santa Teresa al Corso d'Italia. In 1993 the dioceses of Esztergom was united with that of Budapest, thus Cardinal Paskai was the first Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest.

Since his retirement he has been living in Esztergom-Szentgyörgymező, not far from the St Adalbert basilica.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
László Lékai
Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest
3 March 1987–7 December 2002
Succeeded by
Péter Erdő
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