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

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Teachings of Christ

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’" (John 7:37-38 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (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.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge praise You in song: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Theophany is a Greek word meaning "manifestation or appearence of God".

Random Proverb

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"And when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. And for three days he could not see." (Acts 9:9)

By no means would he [Saul] have been able to see well again unless he had first been fully blinded. Also, when he had rejected his own wisdom, which was confusing him, he could commit himself totally to faith. Since he had not believed that the Lord had conquered death by rising on the third day, he was now taught by his own experience of the replacement of three days of darkness by the return of the light.

Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles from the Venerable Bede