Deans of the faculties of theology in Romania, on a visit to Brussels and Leuven

From 18th to 19th October 2017, the deans of the faculties of orthodox theology in Romania paid a visit to the European capital and to the centuries-old university center of Leuven. The first day started with a visit at the Permanent Office of the Romanian Patriarchate to the EU and St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church, where the guests were briefed on the specific mission of our Permanent Office in Brussels and on the evolution of the restoration work of the building. In the afternoon, the delegation was received at the European Parliament by Laurentiu Rebega, Romanian MEP. They were introduced to the ways of functioning of the EU institutions and had an exchange on the most pressing issue

Europe in troubled waters…. Reformation and Reform in Europe today

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the Rev. Fr. Sorin SELARU, Director of the Permanent Office of the Romanian Orthodox Church to the EU Institutions, took part into the conference: “Europe in troubled waters…. Reformation and Reform in Europe today”. This event was organized by Chapel for Europe, CEC and EKD in the Chapel for Europe. The keynote speaker was Mr. Jerzy Buzek, MEP, EPP, and former President of the European Parliament (2009-2012). He was accompanied by three church related speakers Mgr. Johan Bonny, Bishop of Antwerp, Member of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity; Rev. Fr. Sorin Selaru, Director of the Permanent Office of the Romanian Orthodox Church to the EU Instituti

CROCEU meeting in Moscow

From 6 to 8 October 2017 the Committee of Representatives of Orthodox Churches to the European Union (CROCEU) held its annual meeting in Moscow (Russian Federation) in the Department of External Church Relations of the Patriarchate of Moscow, at the kind invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia. The main topic of this year’s meeting was “The Orthodox Church in Solidarity with the peoples facing extremism and terrorism”. At the meeting the representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Moscow Patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Romania, the Patriarchate of Bulgaria, the Church of Cyprus and the Church of Greece offered their thoughts on the topic. Officials of t

Colloquium on the role of religion within society, at the Belgian Senate

On Tuesday, October 5, 2017, the Rev. Fr. Sorin SELARU, Director of the Representation of the Romanian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions, took part into a colloquium on the social contribution of religion in today’s world, organized by the Belgian Senate. In these times of identity crisis, churches and religious communities are significant agents in building a dignified and just society. They can help overcoming societal dissensions through the power of hope and by actively taking part in building a better world. In order to shed more light on this constant contribution of religion to society the Belgian Senate organized, under the patronage of Mr. Koen GEENS, the Federal Minister

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