Thursday, 25 August 2016, the Patriarch of Romania received the visit of a group of pilgrims from the Middle East. The event was held in the Romanian Saints’ Room within the Patriarchal Residence. The pilgrims were accompanied by His Grace Qais Sadiq, Bishop of Erzurum and Assistant to the Patriarch (Patriarchate of Antioch).
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel expressed his concern and solidarity with the Christians from Syria:
We regret the fact that there is a war in Syria, that there are lots of Christians who fled the country because of the war and lots of them were persecuted. We pray for peace and for the return of many of those who left because that is the place of the oldest Christianity, of the apostolic one. We are glad because you visited these days many holy places the same as our pilgrims visited many holy places during the pilgrimages the Romanian Patriarchate organised to the Holy Land and to the eastern countries till Egypt. When the war is over we want to organise pilgrimages to Syria too.
The pilgrimage of the Christians of the Patriarchate of Antioch was dedicated to the Brancovean Saints Martyrs.
It is the second group that made this pilgrimage in the footsteps of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs. The pilgrims are from Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. We began this pilgrimage visiting all the Brancovean settlements of the country, His Grace said.
To start with the event, the pilgrims visited the Museum within the Patriarchal Residence.