Rumänien: New decisons of the Holy Synod - communique

The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church held its working session at the Patriarch Teoctist Aula Magna of the Palace of the Patriarchate, under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. On July 11, 2020, the Metropolitan Synod of the Metropolis of Moldavia and Bukovina, in consultation with the Archdiocesan Assembly of Suceava and Radauti, appointed by secret ballot two candidates for the vacant see of Archbishop of Suceava and Radauti: His Grace...


Rumänien: National Cathedral workers partly reveal altar mosaic icons

Romania’s most significant mosaic icon of the Mother of God emerged in the National Cathedral in Bucharest as workers have started removing tons of metal scaffolding covering the altar’s impressive iconography. At present, about 50% of the altar painting work has been completed. The basin of the altar apse is completely covered with mosaic, including decorations on the window frames and nave’s belt.

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Rumänien: Church condemns posters of doctors as saints

Vasile Banescu, a spokesman for the Romanian Patriarchate, denounced billboards depicting doctors and nurses as “saints” with coronavirus-shaped halos as a blasphemous “visual mistreatment of Christian iconography”. The posters, created by Romanian artist Wanda Hutira for the McCann Worldgroup ad agency’s “Thank you doctors” campaign and posted throughout Bucharest, have also offended the Medical Guild, Banescu said.

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Rumänien: Gedenktag für verfolgte Christen eingeführt

In Rumänien wird in Zukunft der 16. August als nationaler Tag des Gedenkens an die weltweite „Gewalt gegen Christen“ begangen werden. Das Plenum des rumänischen Abgeordnetenhauses hat laut dem Informationsdienst der Stiftung Pro Oriente einen entsprechenden Beschluss gefasst. Jeweils am 16. August werden demnach in Zukunft das Parlamentsgebäude, die Regierungsgebäude in Bukarest und in den Provinzen, der Triumphbogen in Bukarest und der Mogoşoaia-Palast – er eines der bekanntesten...


Rumänien: Sexualkunde wird kein Pflichtfach

Auf Druck der Rumänischen Orthodoxen Kirche hat das rumänische Parlament ein kürzlich verabschiedetes Gesetz zur Sexualkunde an Schulen angepasst. Im angepassten Gesetzestext ist nicht mehr von verpflichtender Sexualkunde die Rede, sondern nur noch von „Bildung für das Leben, darunter Gesundheitsbildung zur Verhinderung von sexuell übertragbaren Krankheiten und Schwangerschaften bei Minderjährigen“. Die Eltern müssen zudem schriftlich ihr Einverständnis geben, damit ihre Kinder an den Kursen...


Rumänien: Patriarch hopes for Church sevices

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel Sunday expressed his hope that the faithful will be able to attend the divine services shortly. Especially during this period, ‘when many people suffer spiritually from anxiety and fear,’ church services are ‘a healing from solitude and restlessness.’ ‘In this period, we also suffer because our beloved faithful cannot physically, directly participate in the church services. We hope that we will be able to meet again soon at the church services. However, at the...


Rumänien: Patriarchate welcomes resuming of regular worship inside churches

„The Romanian Patriarchate received with joy the intensely awaited and fully justified decision of the authorities to allow the celebration of religious services inside the churches, with the participation of the faithful, in compliance with clear and still necessary regulations,“ the Patriarchate’s spokesman Vasile Bănescu told The decision to allow religious services to be officiated inside the places of worship was announced by the Prime Minister Ludovic Orban, after the...


Rumänien: Guidelines for priests and faithful during state of alert

Considering that, from May 15, 2020, the state of emergency and the applicability of the Military Ordinances that limited essential aspects of the public religious life of the faithful cease, following consultation with the Romanian Government, the Romanian Patriarchate sends the following instructions to the cult units of the Romanian Orthodox Church regarding the access of Orthodox believers to places of worship and cemeteries, and their participation in divine services.

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Rumänien: Church marks 135 years of autocephaly, 95 years of Patriarchate

On Bright Saturday, the Romanian Orthodox Church marked the 135th anniversary of its restored autocephaly, which was granted by Patriarchate Joachim IV of Constantinople on April 25, 1885. The Church also celebrates the 95th anniversary of the restoration of its Patriarchate this year, reports the Basilica News Agency. “After Romania gained its state independence in 1877 and was declared a Kingdom in 1881, the prestige of the Romanian Orthodox Church increased, making necessary the formal...