Slovenian (slovenščina/slovenski jezik) or Slovene is a South Slavic language spoken by about 2.5 million people mainly in Slovenia, and also in Italy, particularly in Friuli Venezia Giulia; in Austria especially in Carinthia and Styria; in Vas in Hungary, and and also in Croatia. Slovenian is closely related to Croatian and Serbian, particularly to the Kajkavian and Čakavian dialects, and is in fact more or less mutually intelligible with Kajkavian Croatian dialects. (...)
Bishop Anton Martin Slomšek - He is the only Slovene the Pope John Paul II beatified during his visit in Slovenia on 19th September 1999. - The bishop A.M. Slomšek was a great patriot and fighter who promoted the use of Slovenian language. He preached, wrote books and songs in Slovenian language and he encouraged others to use Slovene language.