His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, received last Tuesday, 22 March 2016, the Doctor Honoris Causa degree of the Dimitrie Cantemir University in Bucharest. The event took place in the Ceremony Hall of the University, in the presence of University Senate members, the departments’ coordinators, as well as of numerous guests.
Patriarchal visit to the Chapel of the Christian University Dimitrie Cantemir
In the opening of the event, the Romanian Patriarch was welcomed by the President of the University Senate, prof. dr. Corina Adriana Dumitrescu, and the Rector of the University, prof. dr. Cristiana Cristureanu. Next, His Beatitude visited the Chapel dedicated to the Holy Great Martyr Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher and to the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. In this place of worship, Patriarch Daniel prayed for the victims of the terrorist attacks, which occurred in Belgium in the same morning (read also the message of compassion and solidarity with the Belgian people addressed by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel). His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel also spoke about the importance of the chapel for the professors and students of the Dimitrie Cantemir University.
“We congratulate you for this beautiful, holy and blessed place, which invites to prayer and urges to good deeds all the professors, the staff of the University, but also all the students who study in this University”, His Beatitude said.
The Conferment Ceremony for the Award of the Doctor Honoris Causa degree
The ceremony for granting the honorary doctorate took place in the University Hall and was opened through the address of Mr. Momcilo Luburici, President of the Christian University Dimitrie Cantemir. The moderator of the event was pro-rector prof. Dr. Georgeta Ilie.
Rector Cristiana Cristureanu read out the decision of the University Senate regarding the granting of the academic degree to the Romanian Patriarch. After the Laudatio, His Beatitude received the academic insignia of the conferment.
At the end of the ceremony, His Beatitude delivered a speech referring to the religious dimension of the works of Dimitrie Cantemir, a Romanian ruler prince and a scholar at a European level.
The Christian University Dimitrie Cantemir was founded in 1990 in Bucharest, and has been developing educational, and research activities under the auspices of the Cultural Association Dimitrie Cantemir.