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170 years since Saint Andrei Şaguna was ordained bishop (April 18 1848). Historical and canonical analysis of documents
The life, activity and work of Saint Andrei Şaguna, the Metropolitan of Transylvania, are well-known due to the special academic researches led by Romanian and foreign historians and theologians. However, official archives and libraries from Romania and from abroad still possess many original sources regarding the Transylvanian Metropolitan’s life and activity that can bring clarifications about his work and will contribute to a more complete outline of his pastoral and theological activity. Our work explores two such very important documents regarding the appointment of Archimandrite Andrei Şaguna as the Transylvanian Orthodox Bishop by Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria on February 5, 1848 and his ordination by Metropolitan Iosif Raiacici in the metropolitan cathedral of Karlowitz (Sremski Karlovci) on April 18, 1848. Our research reviews these two important documents in the historical, canonical, and political context of the period.

Mircea Gheorghe Abrudan, RĂZVAN PERŞA