In 2017, the Romanian Orthodox Church invested approximatively 24 million Euros in charity work. ‘Currently the Romanian Orthodox Church is the greatest philanthropist in terms of its contribution to social work,’ said Wednesday Patriarch Daniel during the meeting of the National Church Assembly (NCA) stressing that this means ‘sacrifice, effort, and caring for the people.’
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel thanked those who ‘have contributed to the rich activities carried out during the 2017 solemn and commemorative year.’
The National Church Assembly is the central deliberative body of the Romanian Orthodox Church for administrative, social, cultural, economic and patrimonial issues. The NCA is comprised of the members of the Holy Synod and three representatives (one cleric and two laypersons) of each diocese.
After the opening address by Patriarch Daniel, the NCA members participated at the sessions of the standing committees:
- Administrative, legal and validation Committee;
- Social and Media Committee;
- Cultural and educational Committee;
- Economic, budget and real estate heritage Committee;
- Committee for Orthodox Romanians abroad and for External Church Relations.
The NCA standing committees met and drafted the reports regarding the activities of the Romanian Orthodox Church carried out in 2017, which were presented in plenary working session. The general annual report by the National Church Council was approved during the meeting, and new proposals were launched for developing Church activities in 2018.
The meeting was preceded by a Te Deum service officiated by His Grace Damaschin of Dorna, Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Suceava and Radauti, at the Patriarchal Cathedral.
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