Activities of the Department for Church and Inter-Religious Relations and Romanian Ecclesiastical Communities Abroad, the Protocol Office, Unfolded in 2014
The activities unfolded in 2014, under the direct supervision of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, by the Department for Church and Inter-Religious Relations and Romanian Ecclesiastical Communities Abroad and the Protocol Office are briefly presented as follows:
A. Church Relations:
1. Strengthening the traditional relations with the sister Orthodox Churches through the following activities: Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches, with the participation of a delegation of the Romanian Patriarchate headed by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel (Constantinople, 5-9 March); religious and cultural manifestations organised at the Romanian Patriarchate on the occasion of declaring the year 2014 as Solemn year of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion, as well as Commemorative year of the Brâncoveanu Saints Martyrs, among which: participation of the delegations of the sister Orthodox Churches in the commemorative events organised at the Romanian Patriarchate (15-17 August); brotherly visit of the delegation of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem headed by His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, at the feast of Saint Pious Demetrius the New, Protector of Bucharest (24-27 October); brotherly visit of His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, at the feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle, the first called, Protector of Romania (28 November–2 December).
2. Participations of some hierarchs and theology professors in the events organised by the other sister Orthodox Churches: signing the Patriarchal Decree of agreement and re-establishment of the church communion (Bucharest and Jerusalem, 2-3 February); manifestations dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle (Veria, Greece, 26-29 June); festivities dedicated to the anniversary of 700 years since the birth of Saint Sergius of Radonezh (Moscow, 17-18 July); the proceedings of the Special Inter-Orthodox Committee for Preparing the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church (Chambésy, Switzerland, 29 September–5 October);
3. Participations of some representatives of the Romanian Patriarchate in scientific inter-Christian conferences and bilateral meetings: meeting, at the Romanian Patriarchate, of the Commission for evaluation of the Theological Dialogue between the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Evangelical Church of Germany (Bucharest, 29 April–2 May); European Orthodox-Catholic Forum (Minsk, Belarus, 2-6 June); the 13th meeting of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church (Amman, Jordan, 15-23 September); meeting of a working group within the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox Church and the Old Oriental Churches (Athens, Greece, 23-26 November); meeting of the 7th World Congress for the pastoral service of immigrants (Vatican, 17-21 November).
B. Romanian Ecclesiastical Communities Abroad
In 2014, the Romanian Orthodox Diaspora continued to organise and develop, with 13 eparchies at present (10 operational eparchies, and 3 eparchies re-established in Bessarabia), served by about 935 clergy.
C. The Protocol Office of the Romanian Patriarchate organised the receptions, audiences and encounters of the Patriarch of Romania with political personalities, state and government leaders, ministers, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, etc. The Office has also coordinated the relations of the Romanian Patriarchate with: ministries of the Romanian Government, foreign embassies accredited in Bucharest, airport authorities, Consular Department within the Ministry of External Affair, Passports Office, General Directorate for Personal Data Records, etc., as well as the organisation of the internal and external protocol encounters of the Patriarch of Romania, and of the canonical, pastoral and irenic visits of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel.