Largest Orthodox iconostasis: Romania’s National Cathedral sets world record

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 8/5/21 The Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral, also known as the National Cathedral, an Orthodox cathedral under construction in Bucharest, Romania, to serve as the patriarchal cathedral of the Romanian Orthodox Church, has a giant Orthodox iconostasis (23.8 meters length and 17.1 meters height and an area of 407 square meters), ...

Patriarch Daniel’s Easter Message: “Man’s final destination is not the grave but the Kingdom of Heaven”

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 1/5/21 In a video message for Holy Pascha 2021, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel points to the final destination of man, namely the Kingdom of Heaven. His Beatitude also conveys best regards to Romanians everywhere, urging them to keep the Orthodox faith and the values of Romanian spirituality. Message by His Beatitude Patriarch ...

Holy Synod of the Romanian Church calls faithful “to be triumphant over passions of greed and pride” in Sunday of Orthodoxy pastoral letter

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 20/3/21 In a pastoral letter for the First Sunday of Great Lent, also called the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Holy Synod members of the Romanian Orthodox Church said that the feast is a call to victory. “On the Sunday of Orthodoxy or the Triumph of the True Faith we are also called ...

Patriarch Daniel has 31 Years of Episcopal Ministry and 1 Main Priority: Spiritual Life

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 5/3/21 “The priorities are multiple, but, first of all, we must think about the spiritual life,” is the thought with which Patriarch Daniel came to the leadership of the Romanian Orthodox Church, a moment he already fulfilled 17 years of episcopal ministry. We mark today 31 years since Fr Daniel Ciobotea ...

Romanian Church Holy Synod Meets for First Time in 2021 : Urges Responsibility During Celebration of Holy Mysteries

Basilica News Service - Aurelian Iftimiu - 26/2/21 The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church held its working session at the Patriarchal Palace under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The Holy Synod elected by secret ballot the Very Reverend Archimandrite Nichifor Horia as Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Iasi. ...

Romanian Church’s Philanthropy Increases During Pandemic Year: EUR 38 Mln

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 26/2/21 On Tuesday, the National Church Council approved the General Activity Report of the Romanian Orthodox Church for 2020, entitled: “In the fight against the pandemic, the Church has intensified prayer, philanthropy and the protection of human health.” The Church invested 38 million euros to provide support in the pandemic ...

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel meets with President Klaus Iohannis

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 20/2/21 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church met with the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. The meeting took place around 13:00 p.m. at the Patriarchal Residence. No public details were provided about the talks. “It was a normal visit at the beginning of the year, ...

Bucharest Covid-19 hospital fire: Patriarch Daniel shares “paternal message of condolence and consolation” to families of victims

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 30/1/21 Patriarch Daniel expressed sorrow and condolences to the families of the persons who died in a blaze at a hospital in Bucharest being used to treat COVID-19 patients. At least four people have been killed in a blaze at a hospital in Bucharest being used to treat COVID-19 patients, just ...

Romanian Patriarchate blesses and supports communion of Romanians everywhere: Patriarch Daniel

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 28/01/21 In a message occasioned by the 162nd anniversary of the Union of the Romanian Principalities, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel stressed that “the Romanian Patriarchate blesses and supports the communion of Romanians everywhere.” The message has three main topics including the declaration of 2021 as a Solemn Year of the pastoral ...

When culture is inspired by worship, it opens up to eternity: Patriarch Daniel on National Culture Day

Basilica News Agency -  Aurelian Iftimiu -19/01/21 In his message on Romania’s National Culture Day, Patriarch Daniel referred to the connection between worship and culture but also stressed the liturgical and cultural value of cemeteries. “When religious worship bore fruit in culture, it opened up to universality; and when the culture was inspired by worship, it opened ...

Factbox: Church and Romanian Diaspora today

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 10/1/2021 The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church declared 2021 a Solemn Year of the pastoral care of Romanians outside Romania. Why is pastoral care of the diaspora so important and under what conditions does it take place? The term diaspora refers to members of an ethnic group who ...

Patriarch Daniel proclaims 2021 Solemn Year of pastoral care of Romanians abroad, Commemorative Year of the reposed in the Lord

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 7/1/2021 During a ceremony held at the Patriarchal Cathedral on January 1, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel proclaimed 2021 as a Solemn Year of the pastoral care of the Romanians outside Romania and a Commemorative Year of the reposed in the Lord. The Romanian diaspora is the fifth largest in the world, ...

Patriarch Daniel’s message to world Christian leaders: We are called to comfort the afflicted

Basilica News Agency - Sorin Ioniţe - 23/12/2020 According to the Romanian Orthodox tradition, on the occasion of the great church holidays, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, addresses an Irenic (peace) message to the Primates of Autocephalous and Autonomous Orthodox Churches. A similar message was sent to the leaders of other international Christian denominations and organizations. Read the ...

Patriarch Daniel’s Christmas Encyclical 2020

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 15/12/2020 The pastoral letter of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania on the feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ 2020: † DANIEL By God’s Grace, Archbishop of Bucharest, Metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrudja, Locum tenens of the throne of Caesarea of Cappadocia and Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church To the most venerable monastic order, ...

Romanian Patriarchate, Government and Bucharest Municipality commit to Fight Together Against Human Trafficking

Basilica News Agency - Ștefana Totorcea -13/12/2020 On Human Rights Day (December 10, 2020), the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Internal Affairs Ministry’s Romanian Agency Against Human Trafficking (ANITP) and the Municipality of Bucharest signed a cooperation protocol to prevent and fight against human trafficking. The event was held with the participation of His Excellency Adrian Zuckerman, the US ...

‘The Kingdom of Mosaic Waters’ at the Techirghiol Monastery

Daniela Șontic - Translated by Anca Costenco (OCP Delegate of Bucarest and All Romania - OCP Articles - 29/11/2020 Read the Original article in Romanian on the portal of Lumina News Paper of the Romanian Orthodox Church A beautiful and unique merging of sacred art and the surrounding space of a church can be admired at the ...

Romania – Authentic church calendars are not convertible into election material

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 26/11/2020 The Romanian Patriarchate was surprised to learn that during the election campaign a political entity printed, in order to offer citizens as electoral material, Christian-Orthodox calendars that contain not only a political logo, but also liturgical and typicon mistakes, omissions or erroneous inscriptions of some recently canonized Romanian saints ...

Patriarch Daniel sends condolences to Serbian Holy Synod after repose of Patriarch Irinej

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 21/11/2020 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel expressed his ‘deep sorrow’ to the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church after the repose of Patriarch Irinej on Friday. Calling the Serbian Patriarch ‘a venerable and well-known personality of contemporary Orthodoxy,’ Patriarch Daniel prays for the rest of his soul among the righteous ‘in ...

Consecration of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Tokyo

Basilica News Agency - Ștefana Totorcea - 7/11/2020 The Romanian Orthodox Church in Tokyo was consecrated on Tuesday, on the feast of the transfer of St George’s relics to his church in Lydda. The service was officiated by Romanian Metropolitan Iosif of Western Europe and Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo and Japan. The consecration concluded the restoration works which ...

Bust of Romania’s First Patriarch Miron Cristea unveiled in Ploiești

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 6/11/2020 A bust of the first Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Miron Cristea, was unveiled on an Alley dedicated to the Founders of the 1918 Great Union in Ploiești’s Bucov Park during a ceremony on Saturday, October 24, Q Magazine reports. The bronze bust was made by the sculptor George ...

Romanian Patriarchate Spokesperson demands respect for most of the good and faithful people of the country: Pilgrimage is the expression of responsible religious freedom

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 15/10/2020 The Romanian Patriarchate’s Spokesperson Vasile Bănescu commented on the decision to ban this year’s pilgrimage from Bucharest, on the patronal feast of the Patriarchal Cathedral. The spokesman reminded that the pilgrimage is a manifestation of religious freedom and that pilgrims and the Romanian Orthodox Church deserve more respect and ...