Macedonia marks Ss. Cyril and Methodius Day – creators of the Glagolitic alphabet

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The country is celebrating May 24, Ss. Cyril and Methodius Day, a public holiday in honor of the brothers credited with creating the Glagolitic alphabet that was used to translate the Bible into the Old Slavonic language and spread across Central and Eastern Europe.

Their work was essential to creating the Cyrillic alphabet now in use throughout much of Eastern Europe, which earned them the title of Apostles to the Slavs and co-patron saints of Europe.

In 1880, Pope Leo XIII introduced their glory into the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1980, John Paul II declared them co-protectors of Europe, together with Benedict of Nursia.

 

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