About Romania and Her People: Pope Pius II
[John] Hunyadi did not increase so much the glory of the Hungarians, but especially the glory of the Romanians among whom he was born.
On July 22, 1456, John Hunyadi won a decisive victory at Belgrade over the armies of Sultan Mehmed II. Hunyadi’s feat—carried out with a small standing army combined with peasants rallied to fight the infidel by the Franciscan friar St John of Capistrano— had the effect of putting an end to Ottoman attempts on Transylvania, Hungary and Western Europe for the next seventy years, and is considered to have been one of the most momentous victories in Hungarian military history, while he is regarded as a true hero in the history of Hungary and a true Romanian hero.
The bells ringing at noon throughout Christendom are, to this day, a daily commemoration of John Hunyadi’s victory.