His Grace Ignatie of Mureş was elected new Bishop of the Huşi Diocese.
During the working session of the Holy Synod, chaired Thursday by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, the members of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church elected by a majority vote the new Bishop of Huşi.
Last weekend, the Metropolitan Synod (Episcopal Assembly) of Moldavia and Bukovina proposed two candidates for the Diocese of Huşi:
- His Grace Ignatie of Mureş, Assistant Bishop to the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Spain and Portugal,
- The Very Rev. Archimandrite Nichifor Horia, Administrative exarch of the Iaşi Archdiocese and abbot of the Three Holy Hierarchs Monastery in Iaşi.
The episcopal see of Huşi became vacant in August following the resignation of Bishop Corneliu. According to the Statute of the Romanian Orthodox Church, the Holy Synod must elect a new bishop sixty days after the vacancy of an episcopal see is acknowledged.
The synodal agenda includes the canonization of Metropolitan Joseph the Merciful of Moldavia and the lay-ascetic George the Pilgrim.
In his opening speech, Patriarch Daniel said that Saint Neophyte the Recluse from Cyprus would be added to the calendar of the Romanian Orthodox Church.