Prayer service for the success of the Romanian Presidency of the EU, in Brussels

A prayer service was celebrated on Wednesday evening, January 30, 2019, in the St. Nicholas Romanian Orthodox Church in Brussels, to mark the beginning of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event brought together Church leaders, diplomats, MEPs and EU civil servants, Christian representatives to the European institutions, members and friends of the Romanian community in Brussels - all of them united in prayer that God will bless these six months when Romania is at the helm of the European family. Those gathered prayed that God "may protect and enlighten our leaders as they take up the responsibility of these new duties, to act for the benefit of all the people

The European Parliament commemorates the victims of the Holocaust together with Religious Representa

On Wednesday, January 30 2019, the European Parliament held a formal sitting on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is the first time when the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is officially commemorated during a plenary session of the European Parliament. The ceremony was opened by President Antonio Tajani and included a minute of silence for the victims. Numerous personalities were present, including Jean-Claude Juncker, European Comission President, Charles Michel, Belgian Prime Minister, and others. On behalf of our office, Father George Valcu was present at the event.

Bucharest: Delegates of Churches in Europe visit the Romanian Presidency of the EU

A delegation of Churches in Europe met, in Bucharest, on 28 January 2019, with Teodor-Viorel Meleșcanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania, to exchange views on the priorities of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council. The delegation was composed by representatives of COMECE (Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union), CEC (Conference of European Churches) and CROCEU (Committee of Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Union), who shared their perspectives on the four priorities of the Romanian Presidency: 1) Europe of convergence; 2) A safer Europe; 3) Europe, as a stronger global actor; 4) Europe of common values. Romania holds the EU Presidency

Common CROCEU - COMECE - CEC delegation, received by the Romanian Patriarch, in Bucharest

A common CROCEU - COMECE - CEC delegation was received in an audience by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania, on Monday, January 28, 2019, at the Patriarchal Residence in Bucharest. The visit took place in the context of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first half of 2019. Patriarch Daniel briefed the delegates on the priorities of the Romanian Presidency, namely ensuring the cohesion and solidarity, as well as the internal and external security of the Union. He emphasised that this Presidency is an opportunity to make more visible and promote Christian values, centred on the dignity and unicity of the human person, which have always been laying at the basis of

Ecumenical Conference at the Chapel for Europe: Looking for the Soul of Europe

On January 22, 2019, in the context of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Chapel for Europe hosted the conference “Looking for the Soul of Europe”, bringing attention to gripping questions about the challenges which confront the Christian Churches. The conference was organized by the Chapel for Europe in partnership with the Holy Trinity Brussels Church. The keynote speech was delivered by Bp. Robert Innes, the chief pastor of the Diocese in Europe of the Anglican Church. The panel was completed by Mgr. Luc Van Looy, Bishop of the Diocese of Ghent, Rev. Fr. Sorin Selaru, Director of the Permanent Office of the Romanian Orthodox Church to the EU Institutions, and Ms. Katrin Hatzinger

Romania inaugurates its presidency of the Council of the European Union

On Friday, January 10 2019, Romania officially launched its first-ever presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event was celebrated through a concert of classical music hosted by the Romanian Athenaeum. The heads of the European Parliament, European Council and the European Commission, together with the entire college of Commissioners, joined Romanian leaders in an event that celebrated the journey made by Romania throughout the past three decades of its history, from the margins to the very heart of the European construction. The event was also attended by leaders of the main religious cults in the country. The Romanian Orthodox Church was represented by His Beatitude Patriarch

Romania takes over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union

In the first six months of 2019 Romania will for the first time assume the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The time ahead will be doted by some extremely important events with a long lasting impact on the future course of the European construction: Brexit, on March 29, elections for the European Parliament in May and an European Summit in Sibiu that will decide upon the future course of the Union in the new setting. The priorities of this presidency, as announced by the Romanian Government, are topped by a concern for building a more coherent Europe, by way of reducing the developmental gaps between regions, consolidating the single market and promoting labour mobil

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