Basilica.ro is a unique project throughout Orthodoxy, being the only news agency of an Autocephalous Church.
The Basilica News Agency is the ‘youngest’ member of the Basilica Media Centre, along with Radio Trinitas, Trinitas TV, Lumina publications and the Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate.
Basilica.ro appeared as a department on October 27, 2007, but the official launch of the website took place on June 16, 2008.
In the beginning, we functioned as a news aggregator from all the Dioceses of the Romanian Patriarchate, taking the information directly from the source, with few interventions on the text form or content.
Subsequently, Basilica.ro joined the trends of online journalism, emphasizing the quality and appearance of the materials presented to the public. Three significant site changes followed (2010, 2012 and 2016).
Since October 2015, we have entered the social platforms, and in 2016, with the launch of the current version of the site, there was a rebranding in terms of visual identity. At the same time, the initial motto “The good news shared with all” was summarized in “The Good to Know”.
The Good to Know indicates that the Basilica News Agency selects and transmits information relevant to its audience in an appropriate form.
Currently, the editorial policy aims to cover a wide range of topics relevant to the Romanian public and beyond. The social actions in the dioceses, the major religious events in the country and abroad, the exhortations and messages of the hierarchs are completed with other topics of public interest, cultural events, art, tourism, ecology and even sports.
The Good to Know also means that the journalistic act is carried out by the Christian teaching and the principles according to which the Romanian Orthodox Church operates.
An essential role that the Basilica.ro team plays is to complete the media landscape with the often ignored activity of the Church, philanthropic initiatives, good deeds that take place at the level of dioceses, both at home and abroad.
The main objective is to inform about the activities of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The Basilica News Agency functions as a unitary voice of the Church in the online space. The role of informing is intertwined with that of culturalizing and catechizing, carried out in accordance with Orthodox Theology.
Basilica.ro also addresses the international public, to which we offer a selection of the most relevant news translated into English. We are often quoted by prestigious international websites, which only encourages the team for continuous development.
The primary activity is materialized on the Basilica.ro website, but the “Good to know” is transmitted both on the most important social networks and through the newsletter service, the online magazine ‘The Good to Know’ or the religious news application for Android.
The Basilica News Agency is financially supported by the Patriarchal Administration, the Patriarchate’s Church Books Printing House, Basilica Travel Agency, and through various donations. All services offered by the Basilica News Agency of the Romanian Patriarchate can be used by persons or institutions free of charge, for professional purposes, indicating the source and respecting the terms and conditions.