Bucharest - On Friday, 29 September 2017, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, welcomed His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Vatican’s Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, who is currently paying an official visit in Romania. The Apostolic Nuncio to Romania, His Excellency Miguel Maury Buendía attended the meeting.

Cardinal Sandri expressed his joy of meeting His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel and conveyed greetings on behalf of Pope Francis and the College of Cardinals.

Cardinal Sandri appreciated the important pastoral and missionary work carried out in Italy by the Romanian Patriarchate through His Grace Siluan, Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Italy.

His Eminence also appreciated the project of the National Cathedral, which is currently being built in Bucharest.

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel thanked Cardinal Leonardo Sandri for the good ties between the two Churches resulting in several Romanian Orthodox communities being hosted in Italy and in granting scholarships to young Orthodox theologians.

The Romanian Patriarch appreciated the good collaboration between the Patriarch Justinian Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest and the Pontifical Oriental Institute regarding the access granted to Romanian Orthodox students who attend Orthodox Theology courses in Rome to use the Institute’s library.

During the meeting, the parts discussed topics such as the social and pastoral challenges of the migration phenomenon, the accelerated secularization, and the need to reaffirm the European Christian identity.

Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate

Click here for original press release and photos at http://basilica.ro.


Teachings of Christ

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-44 ESV)

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

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Random Proverb

"Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest." (Proverbs 6:6-8 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Let us go forward with the heart completely attentive and the soul fully conscious. For if attentiveness and prayer are daily joined together, they become like Elias' fire-bearing chariot, raising us to heaven. What do I mean? A spiritual heaven, with sun, moon and stars, is formed in the blessed heart of one who has reach a state of watchfulness, or who strives to attain it.

St. Philotheus of Sinai