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Esteemed Maribor auxiliary bishop dies

Retired Maribor auxiliary bishop Jožef Smej. (Photo: STA)

By:P.T., STA

Jožef Smej, a retired Maribor auxiliary bishop who had been honoured by Slovenia and Hungary for his literary and translation work, died on Saturday at the age of 98, the Slovenian Bishops’ Conference announced.

Hailing from Bogojina in the north-easternmost of the country, Smej served as auxiliary bishop from 1983 to his retirement in 2009, but he was also known for his work as a poet, writer, translator, researcher and church historian.


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