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Stephen III
« on: December 15, 2009, 01:35:24 PM »
Was St. Stephen the Great of Moldavia EO (since he is venerated in our Church by Romanians), or RC? I ask because apparently he was awarded the title "Athleta Christi nobilis" (Noble Champion of the Faith) by Pope Sixtus IV. Is this title awarded to non-Catholic Christians as well?
주 예수 그리스도 하느님의 아들이시여 저 이 죄인을 불쌍히 여기소서.

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Re: Stephen III
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2009, 01:39:23 PM »
Was St. Stephen the Great of Moldavia EO (since he is venerated in our Church by Romanians), or RC? I ask because apparently he was awarded the title "Athleta Christi nobilis" (Noble Champion of the Faith) by Pope Sixtus IV. Is this title awarded to non-Catholic Christians as well?
Very definitely Orthodox.  Yes, the Vatican tried to claim him, and the saint complained of being stabbed in the back by his "Christian brothers" as he fought off the Turks.
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Re: Stephen III
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2009, 01:40:50 PM »
Yes, the Vatican tried to claim him

But, how does that even happen? Isn't it clear that he was Orthodox?
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Re: Stephen III
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2009, 02:19:31 PM »
Yes, the Vatican tried to claim him

Isn't it clear that he was Orthodox?

Yes, but in the West they were still attempting to broker conversion for military help.
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Re: Stephen III
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2009, 03:07:26 PM »
He built over 40 churches and monasteries, all Orthodox.

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Re: Stephen III
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2009, 03:32:27 PM »
i always understood he was Orthodox. and standing in one of the ancient churches built by him and still in use by the Orthodox faithful, was an honour i will never forget.
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