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Lucian Mureșan (born 23 May 1930) is the first and current Major Archbishop of the Greek Catholic Archdiocese of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia and a cardinal of the Catholic Church. As Major Archbishop of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia (resident in Blaj), he is the head of the Romanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic.[1]

Lucian Mureșan
Cardinal, Major Archbishop of Făgăraș-Alba Iulia
ChurchRomanian Church United with Rome, Greek-Catholic
ArchdioceseArchdiocese of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia (Romanian)
Appointed16 December 2005
Installed30 April 2006
PredecessorAlexandru Todea
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Sant'Atanasio
Chairman of the Romanian Episcopal Conference
Ordination19 December 1964
by Ioan Dragomir
Consecration27 May 1990
by Alexandru Todea
Created cardinal18 February 2012
by Benedict XVI
Personal details
Birth nameLucian Mureșan
Born (1930-05-23) 23 May 1930 (age 88)
Firiza, Romania
DenominationRomanian Greek-Catholic
Previous post
  • Bishop of Maramureș (1990–1994)
  • Archbishop of Făgăraș și Alba Iulia (1994–2005)
Styles of
Lucian Mureșan
External Ornaments of a Cardinal Bishop.svg
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal
SeeGreek Catholic Archdiocese of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia


Lucian Mureșan was born in the village of Firiza (now the Ferneziu district of Baia Mare), Romania, the tenth of Peter and Maria Mureșan's twelve children. He attended primary school in Firiza and secondary school in Baia Mare. For a long time, he was forced to put on hold his call to becoming a Catholic priest, because the Romanian Church United with Rome had been outlawed in 1948.

Pope Benedict XVI created him a Cardinal-Priest of Sant'Atanasio in a consistory on 18 February 2012. As he was already older than 80 at the time of his creation, he has no right to vote in a papal conclave.


  1. ^ Cheney, David (December 2007). "Archbishop Lucian Mureșan". Făgăraș și Alba Iulia, Romanian: Retrieved 28 February 2011. [self-published]

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Lucian Mureșan
as Ordinarius
Bishop of Maramureș
27 May 1990 - 4 July 1994
Succeeded by
Ioan Șișeștean
Preceded by
Alexandru Todea
Archbishop of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia
4 July 1994 - 16 December 2005
Major Archbishop of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia
New title Major Archbishop of Făgăraș and Alba Iulia
16 December 2005 - present