CROCEU meeting in Sofia addresses role of family in European society

The place and the role of family in European society is one of the topics discussed in Sofia, Bulgaria, at the meeting of the Committee of Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Union – CROCEU.

The general theme of the meeting is ‘The factors of enhancing cohesion in European Society’.

The CROCEU meeting takes place in Sofia on October 4-7, 2018, at the invitation of Bulgarian Patriarch Neophyte, and is hosted by the Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria.

The Romanian Patriarchate is represented by Rev. Sorin Selaru, director of the Representation of the Romanian Orthodox Church to the European Institutions, and Secretary Rev. George Valcu.

As reported by Fr Sorin Selaru, the Committee will address issues related to the importance of youth education, the moral and social challenges faced by European citizens today etc.

Matters relating to the internal organization of the Committee are included on the agenda.

Commemoration of Metropolitan Methodius Kusev

On Sunday, October 7, the CROCEU members will attend the commemorative manifestation in Stara Zagora marking the 180th birthday anniversary of Metropolitan Methodius Kusev.

On this occasion, the Committee members will participate in the Divine Liturgy presided over by His Beatitude Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria at St Nicholas Church in Stara Zagora.

The same day, the CROCEU representatives will meet with the Primate of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and other members of the Holy Synod.


The Committee of Representatives of the Orthodox Churches to the European Union (CROCEU) was established in March 2010.

Its aim is to facilitate cooperation among the Orthodox Representatives to the European Institutions and to create the framework for them to articulate with a coordinated voice their concerns and outlook on the ongoing process of European integration.

Photo: European Commission office in Sofia (public domain)

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