Romania’s Timișoara, on The Independent’s list of Best Second Cities in Europe to Visit in 2021

Basilica News Agency -Iulian Dumitraşcu - 15/1/2020 Timișoara, in western Romania, features on the list of the Best Second Cities in Europe to Visit in 2021 put together by the British newspaper The Independent. The list covers nine cities that can serve as “alternatives to bustling capital cities” or to crowded nature spots. “With beaches, parks, and ...

No further restrictions on public religious services: Consultation between Romania’s faith leaders and government

Basilica News Agency - Ștefana Totorcea -10/12/2020 Romania’s State Secretariat for Religious Affairs (SSC) hosted on Thursday, December 3, a new meeting of the Platform of Dialogue between faith leaders and the representatives of public authorities with attributions in combating the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 infection. The goal of the consultation was to ensure dialogue and cooperation-based decisions that ...

Patriarch Daniel casts ballot in 2020 Romania legislative election

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 7/12/020 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel cast his ballot Sunday to elect a new bicameral parliament for the next four years. The Patriarch voted at his local polling station at Ienachita Vacarescu School in Bucharest. After voting, the Patriarch offered prayer cards to those present at the polling station. Source:  

OCP Delegate Anca Constenco Featured in ‘Lumina’ News Paper  

OCP News Service- 29/11/202 Bucharest-Romania: Anca Constenco Sirbu – Delegate of Bucharest and All Romania of the Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE (Pan-Orthodox Christian Society) and her husband Alex Costencowere featured in the Lumina News Paper of the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate. The feature was about the successful completion of the icon mosaic project as the Techirghiol Monastery in ...

Patriarch Daniel welcomes new French Ambassador to Romania

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 18/11/2020 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel welcomed the new French Ambassador to Romania Laurence Auer at his patriarchal residence on Monday, November 16, 2020. The Patriarch of Romania wished success to Mrs Laurence Auer at the beginning of her diplomatic mission in our country and appreciated Her Excellency’s rich diplomatic, cultural and ...

Assistant Bishop Timotei: Nectarios is becoming a popular child name in Romania. The Saint teaches us friendship with God

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 11/11/2020 Hundreds of people from Bucharest and all across Romania flocked to Radu Voda Monastery to venerate the holy relics of Saint Nectarios of Aegina during a three-day celebration marking the 100th anniversary of the Saint’s blessed repose in the Lord. During the festive Divine Liturgy celebrated on St Nectarios’ feast day, ...

Patriarch Daniel: Two weeks ahead of Nativity Fast, we listen to the most significant gospel passage

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 6/11/2020 The Patriarch of Romania said that the Parable of the unmerciful rich man and Lazarus is the most significant of the gospel readings and was proclaimed last Sunday to help us prepare for the Nativity Fast. “The unmerciful rich man loses his salvation.” This is the conclusion of the parable ...

Blessings From Patriarch Daniel of Romania to the OCP Chairman Conveyed

OCP News Service – 9/10/2020 Bucharest- Romania: On 9/110/2020, the Secretariat of the Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE received a note of blessings from His Beatitude Daniel – Patriarch of all Romania. The blessing was addressed to Mr George Joseph, the Chairman of the Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE, Pan-Orthodox Christian Society. The blessing note was in response to the greetings ...

Is it difficult to love your enemies? We must free ourselves from their wickedness stored in our souls, Patriarch Daniel says

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 7/10/2020 “Loving our enemies is a challenging thing,” stressed the Patriarch of Romania in his sermon delivered at the Chapel of the Patriarchal Residence on Sunday. “We often forget those who did us good: parents, friends, teachers, people who helped us in difficult situations, who promoted us in life. We ...

Patriarch Daniel Urges Childless Families to Adopt Children or Help Poor Families Whose Only Wealth is Many Children

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu -  11/9/2020 The Patriarch of Romania offered Tuesday a set of recommendations to the faithful who want but cannot have children. First of all, His Beatitude urged them to pray, like the parents of the Virgin Mary. Then, if they do not receive this gift, to adopt children or help large families. ‘Today, ...

Ten Patriarch Daniel Thoughts on Young People

Basilica News  Agency - Iulian Dumitraşcu - 18/8/2020 Patriarch Daniel calls young people the “gift of God” for family, Church, society. The Patriarch of Romania often urges them to place Christ at the center of their personal lives. On the occasion of International Youth Day, we present 10 thoughts of Patriarch Daniel for young people. Young people are ...

Romania’s Monasteries, Recommended by Prince Charles

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu  - 11/8/2020 Prince Charles, a promoter of Romania in the world, mentioned Romania’s monasteries among the places to visit in the country in the latest material produced by Wild Carpathia. The message is delivered in a five-minute film meant to support the local tourist industry – “A Special Message from HRH the ...

Most of the Orthodox in the West are Romanian – Romania Ranks 3rd in the World in Terms of Orthodox Population

Basilica News Agency - Ștefana Totorcea -31/7/2020 Romania ranks 3rd in the world in terms of canonical Orthodox population, according to a review made by Matthew Namee from the Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas. Another conclusion of his analysis is that most of the Christian Orthodox in the West are Romanian. The first three countries in ...

‘The Role of WCC Indispensable than Ever in the Midst of Global Pandemic’ Says Fr Prof Ioan Sauca – the New Interim Gen Secretary

Liju Cherian - Chief Editor – OCP News Service - 13/7/2020 Geneva-‎Switzerland- Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, was appointed Interim General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC)  from April 1, 2020.  WCC, an ecumenical fellowship of Churches founded in 1948, brings together 350 member churches from all over the world.  Excerpts from an exclusive email ...

“The State of Pandemic Calls us to Transform Suffering into Hope and Isolation into a Desire for More Communion Among People.” Patriarch Daniel (Video Message))

Basilica News Agency - Iulian Dumitraşcu - 12/5/2020 Patriarch Daniel has addressed the faithful in a video message stressing that “the state of pandemic calls us to transform suffering into hope and isolation into a desire for more communion among people.” Please read the full text of the message below. The spiritual message in times of pandemic: full text The ...

Wonderworking Icon from Romania’s Sihăstria Monastery Carried in Procession Against Coronavirus and Drought

Basilica News Agency- Iulian Dumitraşcu -25/4/2020 On Bright Tuesday, the third day of Holy Pascha, the wonderworking Axion Estin (It is Truly Meet) Icon of the Mother of God from Romania’s famous Sihăstria Monastery was carried in procession, with the monks entreating God for relief from the coronavirus pandemic and drought.  The procession took place after the ...

Romanian Patriarch Donates 2000+ Euro for Acquisition of Corona-virus Protective Equipment

Basilica News Agency - 2/4/2020 Patriarch Daniel on Monday gave over 2,000 Euro from his salary to buy protection equipment for the volunteers involved in the Patriarchate’s social campaign ‘Help with joy’ geared to helping isolated patients all over Romania. The money will provide volunteers with the necessary equipment to support vulnerable people in their area. An online platform was ...

March declared Month “For life, for parents, for children” in Romania and Republic of Moldova

 Iulian Dumitraşcu   - Basilica News Agency - 31/1/2020 Hundreds of pro-life events will be held throughout Romania and the Republic of Moldova this March, culminating in the March for Life to be held on March 28. March has been declared a month “For life, for parents, for children,” according to Romania for Life organization. Events will be held ...

Patriarch Daniel on New Year: Focus on spiritual side of life – St. Basil was a spiritual and practical man

Basilica News Agency - 3/1/2020 The Patriarch of Romania stressed that it is more important to grow spiritually than biologically and materially at the start of the New Year. In his first homily of 2020, Patriarch Daniel offered his reflections on Christ’s childhood and referred to the life of Saint Basil, one of Christianity’s greatest universal teachers. ‘Jesus ...

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel venerates St Spyridon’s relic from Corfu island

Basilica News Agency - 16/10/2019 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel on Saturday venerated the reliquary containing a relic of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker brought from Corfu island to Romania for the feast of Saint Paraskeva. The relic was brought by a delegation of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Corfu, headed by His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios. The relic stationed in ...

‘God Helps Us To Transform The Cross Of Suffering Into Victory’- Patriarch Daniel

Basilica News Agency - 18/9/19 ‘If we think of God when we are in trouble, suffering, illness and ask for His help, then He helps us to transform the cross of suffering into victory through hope,’ underscored the Patriarch of Romania on Sunday. Bearing one’s cross The Patriarch explained in the sermon delivered at the Church of the ...