Rumänien: Solemn, Commemorative Year 2023 officially proclaimed

The Solemn and Commemorative Year 2023 was officially proclaimed at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest after the Divine Liturgy celebrated on New Year’s Day. The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church declared 2023 as a Solemn Year of the pastoral care of the elderly and a Commemorative Year of hymnographers and church chanters. The patriarchal auxiliary bishop Varlaam of Ploiesti read the Proclamation Decree signed by the members of the Holy Synod. The text remembered that the Holy...

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Rumänien: Protocol to ensure religious assistance in hospitals

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, the Romanian Patriarchate and the Ministry of Health signed a Protocol regarding the conduct of Christian-Orthodox religious assistance activities in health units subject to the Ministry of Health. The two institutions were represented by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Prof. Dr Alexandru Rafila, Romania’s Minister of Health. This protocol, which revises and replaces those of 1995 and 2008, is intended to regulate the activity of...

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Rumänien: Census is a proper time to confess religious identity

In a message on Monday, May 9, 2022, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel urged believers to participate in Romania’s Census of Population and Housing and to declare their religious affiliation. "This year's census is a proper time to confess our religious identity" - full text:

The organisation of the Romanian Population and Housing Census in the first half of 2022 is not only a process of updating the administrative data and statistics of the population and housing in Romania (information that...

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Rumänien: Church remains most trusted institution

According to survey results presented at the Romanian Academy in Bucharest on December 15, the Orthodox Church remains the most trusted institution in Romania. Overall, according to the survey carried out under the auspices of the State Secretariat for Cults, 66.3% of Romanians says they place a lot of trust in the Church, reports Ziarul Lumina. This is slightly higher than in a survey conducted in January 2021. Moreover, more than 83% of the population confesses their religiosity through...

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Rumänien: Patriarch Daniel 15 years after enthronement

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel marked 15 years since his enthronement as Patriarch of Romania on Friday, September 30. On this important event in the life of the Romanian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. After a Te Deum service officiated by Metropolitan Iosif of Western and Southern Europe, the Patriarch of Romania gave a speech in which he thanked God and those who have supported and continue to support the activities...

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Rumänien: Humanitarian aid for Ukraine war victims provided by the Orthodox Church

Against the dramatic background of the outbreak of war in Ukraine and the humanitarian catastrophe it has caused, the Romanian Orthodox Church has been mobilized since the early days of this conflict unleashed by Russia against an independent and sovereign country, providing considerable aid to Ukrainian refugees who arrived on the territory of Romania, in the Republic of Moldova, as well as citizens remaining in Ukraine. Thus, the dioceses on Romania’s border with Ukraine, the Metropolis of...

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Rumänien: Neuer reformierter Bischof für den Westlichen Kirchendistrikt

Am 21. Oktober 2022 wurde in Oradea der neue Bischof des Westlichen Kirchendistrikts der Reformierten Kirche in Rumänien gewählt. Die Wahl wurde notwendig, weil Bischof István Csűry, der den Kirchendistrikt seit 2009 leitete, in den Ruhestand getreten ist. Zur Wahl standen der stellvertretende Bischof László Forró und Pfarrer János Szabolcs Bogdán, Dekan der Diözese Șimleu Silvaniei /Szilágysomlyó. Gewählt wurde Bogán mit 54 zu 49 Stimmen. Er wird sein neues Amt am 1. Dezember 2022...

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Rumänien: Considering A 'Gay Propaganda' Law

(Radio Free Europe, www.rferl.org, 26. Juni 2022) Romania is considering a bill that would ban minors from being exposed to so-called "gay propaganda" in schools and in public life, despite warnings from rights groups that it would "fuel Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns" and reinstate censorship in the former communist country. Seven lawmakers from the ethnic Hungarian UDMR, a junior ruling coalition party, initiated the bill under the guise of preventing child abuse and...

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Ukraine: Unterschiedliche orthodoxe Stellungnahmen zu Putins Angriffskrieg

Der russische Angriffskrieg gegen die Ukraine sorgt weiterhin für unterschiedliche Stellungnahmen in der orthodoxen Welt. Patriarch Theodoros II. von Alexandria kritisierte Präsident Putin, den er persönlich kenne, als „machtbesoffen“ und „Imperator unserer Zeit“: „Große autoritäre Macht macht blind, und du vergisst, dass du menschlich bist.“ Zudem hob er hervor, dass das Patriarchat von Alexandria durch die Gründung des russischen Exarchats für Afrika eine „ähnliche kirchliche Attacke“...

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