On Sunday, June 16, 2019 we celebrated our 11th anniversary.
The youngest member of the Basilica Media Centre was born on Monday, June 16, 2008, with the clear mission to fulfill ‘the vocation of the Church to convey the good news of Christ’s salvation to the world.’
At the beginning, we operated as a news aggregator website collecting information from all the dioceses of the Romanian Patriarchate, with minimal interventions on the text’s form or content.
Later, Basilica.ro followed the trends of online journalism and focused on the quality and the aspect of the articles made public. There were three major website changes (2010, 2012, 2016).
In October 2015 we entered the social media. In 2016, together with the release of the current version of our website, we went through a rebranding process, gaining our own visual identity. At the same time, the original motto – ‘The good news shared to all’ – was synthesized in ‘The Good to Know’.
Currently, our editorial strategy aims to cover a wide range of topics relevant to the Romanian public and not only. Social actions of the dioceses, major religious events in the country and abroad, exhortations and messages of hierarchs are supplemented with other themes of public interest, cultural events, art, tourism, ecology and even sports.
The Basilica.ro team seeks to take into account both the life of the clergy and parishes, as well as the stances and initiatives of the Orthodox laity. The hierarchical sermons and theological conferences are interwoven in our news feed with good examples of priests in different communities, but also the opinions of public personalities, youth activities etc.
Following the motto ‘The Good to Know’, we have recently joined the concept of solution-oriented journalism, offering good practices in the Church or answers to various societal issues.
Orthodox mission in the Diaspora, the events in the sister Orthodox Churches, Pan-Orthodox or ecumenical meetings also represent topics to be duly taken into consideration by any informed Christian, who is present and active in the life of the Church.
Approximately 10% of articles are available in English, thus allowing the Basilica News Agency to be followed and cited by the main Orthodox press agencies and not only Orthodox.
Our newer projects include the Basilica.ro Newsletter (in Romanian), the Good to Know online Magazine, “The Portrait of the Romanian Village” Photo Exhibition.
From the forthcoming projects, we can reveal the fact that we want to develop new exhibitions and other activities involving photography, as well as a series of video interviews.
The entire activity of the Basilica News Agency is carried out by a team of young journalists: four editors, two photographers and a coordinator.
The Basilica News Agency operates with the blessing of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel and is financially supported by the Patriarchal Administration, the Printing House of the Romanian Patriarchate, the Basilica Travel Agency and various donations.
All services provided by the Basilica News Agency of the Romanian Patriarchate may be used by individuals or institutions free of charge for non-commercial purposes, with the explicit indication of the source.