Marking this year’s International Romani Day, His Eminence Metropolitan Andrei of Cluj presided over a Romanian-Romani bilingual Divine Liturgy at an Orthodox parish led by a Roma priest in Turda.
The Orthodox Archdiocese of Cluj includes two missionary parishes dedicated to Roma people, one in Pata Rât and the other in Turda.
The 27-year old priest Marin Trandafir Roz who belongs to the Roma community is the first Roma priest to be ordained in the Cluj County.
It is interesting to note that Metropolitan Andrei Andreicut previously served as a parish priest at the Nativity of St john the Baptist parish in Turda-Fabrici for several years (1978-1985), thus showing a high appreciation for the Roma priest by his appointment to this parochial community.
The Orthodox Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac and Cluj constantly helps the Romani communities in Pata Rât, Turda, Cluj and Bistrița-Năsăud, having a number of 50 social projects and programs dedicated to Roma people.
The bilingual Divine Liturgy took place on April 6, two days before the International Romani Day.
Photography courtesy of Orthodox Metropolis of Cluj