HG Bishop Damaschin blesses the first monument to anti-communist Resistance in Bucovina

Basilica News Agency - Ștefana Totorcea - 12/07/21 His Grace Damaschin of Dorna, Auxiliary Bishop to the Archdiocese of Suceava and Rădăuți, blessed on Thursday the first monument commemorating the anti-communist Resistance in Bukovina. It is located in Vicovu de Jos, on the spot where Lt. Vladimir Macoveiciuc was shot by orders of the Soviets. He was the ...

Basilica News Agency of the Romanian Patriarchate Celebrates 13th Anniversary

OCP News Service - 17/6/21 Bucharest -Romania: Basilica News Agency, one among the five departments of the Basilica Media Centre (founded by Patriarch Daniel) of the Romanian Orthodox Church is celebrating 13 years of news service. The news agency was launched on 16th June 2008. It is credited as the only news agency managed by an ...

American Convert Rod Dreher Launched His Most Recent Book in Bucharest, Romania

Basilica News Agency - Ștefana Totorcea - 12/6/21 Romanian publisher Contra Mundum launched on Saturday the Romanian version of Rod Dreher’s most recent book, “Live Not By Lies”, in the presence of its author, an American convert to Orthodoxy. The event was held in the courtyard of Bucharest’s “New Merchants'” Church, where the author presented his book and ...

Patriarch Daniel lauds March for Life: It encourages birth, helping families and young pregnant girls

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 29/3/21 “Especially on this day of the Annunciation, we appreciate and ask for God’s blessing for all families and especially for families that give birth to children,” said the Patriarch of Romania, who lauded the pro-life manifestations in his sermon delivered on Thursday, March 25, 2021, at the chapel of ...

Suceava’s priests officiate memorial service to mark one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in Romania

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 7/3/21 The victims of the coronavirus pandemic were remembered Wednesday at a Chapel of Saint John the New Monastery in Suceava. The Divine Liturgy and a memorial service were officiated by several clerics from the Archdiocese. “We prayed for all those who were killed by this virus, but especially for those ...

With humility about the Romanian Orthodox Church (OPINION)

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 3/3/21 An article signed by Ioan Vieru in Cotidianul highlights that “the Orthodox Church raises and preserves the voice of Romania in the framework of historical and cultural clarity, as no other institutional form can do.” The author considers that “every moment the candle of the Holy Church shines in the great ...

Patriarch Daniel tells new Church Painting Committee to draft iconography guide, church heritage restoration norms

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 05/02/21 During this year’s first meeting of the Romanian Patriarchate’s Church Painting Committee, the Patriarch of Romania urged the new members to draft an iconographic guide and a set of norms for the restoration of the ecclesiastical heritage used in worship. “The Church Painting Committee is now called, during this ...

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 ...